Vondra hands out awards ahead of state holiday


Defense Minister Alexander Vondra on Friday handed out awards for bravery and merit ahead of the country’s public holiday on Sunday marking the 96th anniversary of the birth of Czechoslovakia. Among those honored were SWW army veteran Karel Serak, pilot Milan Zahorsky who has served on nine foreign missions since 1992, benefactress and art collector Meda Mladkova, brain surgeon Vladimir Benes and kayaker and two-fold Olympic medal winner Stepanka Hilgertova.