9/5/2019 • All University of Defence students and staff gathered in the barracks in Sumavska Street on Tuesday, 7 May, to mark the Victory Day and the 74th anniversary of the end of World War Two on the European continent. Three mayors of Brno districts plus seven war-veteran partner organisations’ witnessed the event as honorary guests.
University of Defence rector-commandant brigadier general Bohuslav Prikryl remarked in his speech the circumstances, under which the largest war conflict until now arose and the role of Czechoslovakia and its citizens in defeating fascism. The Army of the Czech Republic is reliable today for the North Atlantic Alliance member nations as well as for the nations swayed by instability or armed conflicts. “We have linked our credit and readiness unbreakably with the pride on the tradition of our armed forces in the WWII period. It is a permanent commitment to responsible work on the defence of our home country, to coping with the new security challenges, to dutiful and active work for defence and for our school – the University of Defence” said general Prikryl.
The ceremony formed a suitable chance for rector to thank retired colonel Milan Lauber for his work he had done for the University of Defence in the position of its bursar during his seven years in office. Mr. Lauber now has taken the director’s position of Military Spa and Recreation Facilities since 1 May.
The mayor of Královo Pole district Karin Karasová in whose area the barracks deploy described what had been happening during the Nazi occupation and liberation fights in April 1945 right there where the University of Defence students walk every day. “Many of Brno citizens engaged in the resistance movements. University teachers, intelligentsia, and also ordinary people were among them, joint by one feature – patriotism,” summarised Karin Karasová the significance of numerous Brno citizens’ acts for these days. Then parade march closed the ceremony.
Viktor Sliva, photo: author and