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 Oct 27 2021

Den Vzniku Samostatného Československého Státu and the Largest Ancient Castle of the World in the Czech Republic

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.

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Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, appointed Vladimír Lang Brigadier General during the gala ceremony in Prague Castle October 23, 2020.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Vladimír Lang is Deputy Chief of Staff in the Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC), responsible for the Cooperation and Communication Directorate. He is married, has two adult children, and lives near Hradec Králové, about 100 km east of Prague. The city lies at the confluence of the Elbe and the Orlice rivers close to Krkonoše (Riesengebirge, Giant Mountains), the highest of the Czech mountains, with its peak, Sněžka (Schneekoppe, Snow Peak), at 1,603 m. 

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Brigadier General Vladimír Lang and his wife like to travel all over the world. Their dog Nero enjoys hiking in the forests of the giant mountains, near their hometown Hradec Králové, a city with about 93,000 inhabitants, 100km east of Prague.
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Did you know the Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world?

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) is a castle complex in Prague, built in the 9th century. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it is the largest ancient castle in the world, occupying an area of almost 70,000 square metres (750,000 square feet), at about 570 metres (1,870 feet) in length and an average of about 130 metres (430 feet) wide.

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The castle was a seat of power for Holy Roman emperors, Presidents of Czechoslovakia, and Kings of Bohemia. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are still kept within a hidden room inside St. Vitrus Cathedral. Nowadays, the President of the Czech Republic is seated in some of the more than 700 rooms of the castle complex, with his representative office. 

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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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.
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