Celebration of Freedom

25 Years of Democracy - A Salute to Václav Havel

Photo © Oldřich Škácha

Twenty-five years ago on November 17, the Velvet Revolution began with a peaceful student march and led to a remarkable transformation from communism to the re-establishment of democracy. The courageous dissident, prisoner of conscience, and talented playwright Václav Havel became the tenth and last President of Czechoslovakia and later the first President of the Czech Republic. Join the week-long celebration in Washington, DC, to honor President Havel’s inspirational legacy, commemorate the significant anniversary dear to both Czech and American hearts, and rejoice in freedom.

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