United Kingdom, Brookwood, October 31, 2021. On Sunday, a memorial service was held by the Memorial Association for Free Czechoslovak Veterans – MAFCSV at the Brookwood Military Cemetery. The event was opened by Mrs Gerry Manolas, Chair of the MAFCSV and a number of people and families, including children, joined the memorial service on that day. Colonel Vladimír Stolárik, Attaché of the Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic to the United Kingdom and Ireland, also took part in the event.
Gerry Manolas refers in her speech to the unflagging work of the MAFCSV, its supporters, the Embassies, the CWGC and others to perpetuate memory of the lives of veterans, their families and communities as well as caring for the legacy of the Czechoslovak Armed Forces.
An important part of the memorial service was the Tree of Peace, which was personally planted by the President of the Slovak Republic, Her Excellency Mrs. Zuzana Čaputová, at the Brookwood Cemetery on December 4, 2019. Not without interest is the fact that this tree was the first tree planted by Mrs. Čaputová as the President of the Slovak Republic and is also the first tree planted in this cemetery by the head of state. Our association is honoured that the Tree of Peace in Brookwood is given adequate attention and care.