The town of Moravské Lieskové in the Trenčín region marked the 130th anniversary of the birth of its native son Jozef Hollý, a 19th century Slovak dramatist and priest, at a ceremony held at the local community centre on Sunday, February 1, the TASR newswire wrote.
“Often we are oblivious to those whom we should thank for being able to today say that Slovakia, after a millennium, is free, independent and known the world over,” said President Ivan Gašparovič at the ceremony. It was people such as Jozef Hollý, who kept the national consciousness, culture and faith alive, Gašparovič added.
The mayor of the town, Ľubomír Miklánek, said that Hollý made a long-lasting impression on the people of Moravské Lieskové, and that he is still in their hearts and minds. Later, a group led by Gašparovič went to the local cemetery to lay wreaths at the graveside of the dramatist. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Feb 2009 at 14:00