On the occasion of Czech Statehood Day, the Czech Embassy in Canada organized a gala evening in Ottawa, awarding EU presidency medals to the Czech-Canadians who helped mold the close relationship between the two nations.
“Canada has stood by the Czech nation ever since Professor Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk launched his campaign for the creation of Czechoslovakia during World War I. It helped to create the modern Czech statehood, save it during WWII as well as keep its democratic traditions alive after Czechoslovakia became a part of the Soviet empire for four long decades.
Canada is home to the second largest Czech diaspora in the world. Czech-Canadians have played a central role in the story of Czech-Canadian friendship for more than a century.”
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