The year to celebrate our independence has finally arrived! This is truly a very special year for all Czechs back home in the heart of Europe as well as around the world. It represents a great opportunity not only to pop the cork but also to explore where we are heading, while reflecting on the twists and turns of the past hundred years. Here, in the United States, it is a special occasion for the hundreds of thousands of those who feel their heart beat in Czech rhythm and for the crucial role the United States has played in the story of Czech independence in the past, the present and will surely play in the days to come.
Throughout 2018, we are sharing with you, our American friends, new chapters to the Czech story we are writing now; chapters about building a prosperous nation committed to freedom and democracy, on being a reliable and responsible ally who desires Europe safe and at peace for the generations to come and on imagination, innovation and clever solutions that so often come from unexpected places. Like in case of the chapters of the story written in the past, the United States and Czech Americans play a crucial role in the new ones that still remain unfinished. I would like to invite you to join us for this year´s centennial celebrations and for the next hundred years of writing new chapters of the Czech story, which will surely be full of mutual inspiration and exciting action.
Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States
Photo courtesy: Jiří Turek