October 28, "Den vzniku samostatného československého státu", is a public holiday in the Czech Republic. The date commemorates the proclamation of the Czechoslovak independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918. Events throughout the country mark the anniversary and traditionally, the President of the Czech Republic lays a wreath at the tomb of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first President of the new-born independent nation.
In the evening, politicians, cultural figures and church dignitaries gather at Prague Castle for a gala-ceremony at which the president awards high state distinctions for outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities. In 2020, Colonel Vladimír Lang, Director of the Intelligence Division of the Czech General Staff, was appointed Brigadier General by Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, during that ceremony.