Country pays its last respects to war veteran

04-09-2012

Government officials, cultural figures and war veterans gathered at Prague’s Vítkov memorial on Tuesday to pay their last respects to WWII veteran general Tomas Sedláček who died last week at the age of 94. The general fought with the Allies in France, Britain and later with the Soviet army helping to liberate Czechoslovakia. After the communist take-over he was arrested convicted of anti-communist activities and jailed for life. He was released in 1960 and exonerated by the Czech Velvet Revolution in 1989. President Vaclav Klaus, who awarded him the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, described him as „a true soldier“. A private funeral ceremony for family and friends only was held in the late afternoon.