Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vaclav Havel- a man who changed this country

Vaclav Havel, the former president of Czech, passed away in his sleep on Sunday.

It's hard for me to even take in this sad occasion.

I've learned about Vaclav Havel in school. I've seen him quoted throughout my life. I've heard Czechs talk about him with adoration. I've read about him in history books. He changed the face of the Czech republic, and we can be forever grateful to him for his influence.

Vaclav Havel was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech republic.  He received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom. His involvement with the human rights manifesto Charter 77 brought him international fame as the leader of the opposition in Czechoslovakia; it also led to his imprisonment. He was the symbol of freedom for Czechs.

A famous Czech novelist said it right: "Vaclav Havel's most important work is his own life."

Thank you Vaclav Havel for everything you did for this country. In part, thanks to you, I can even live here. If it weren't for your involvement, who knows how much longer communism would have lasted. You were an excellent, humble leader.

Here are a few pictures that Caleb captured in Ostrava at the memorial.

Wish I could be in Prague to say farewell with all the Czechs. (Pictures from web)
Go to my Mom's blog too for her touching post.


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