Widows of Slovak soldiers who fought on the western front in World War II, along with the last living survivors of these battles, Lieutenant Štefan Miklánek and Colonel Milan Píka, on April 17 received financial contributions from representatives of the British Embassy to Slovakia, the TASR newswire reported, citing Defence Ministry spokesperson Martina Balleková.
"This event accentuates the unique support of Great Britain for our … veterans and their widows," said Defence Ministry State Secretary Miloš Koterec. The contribution is being paid on an annual basis from the Royal Air Force and Ground Forces community chest. "What's unique here is the fact that these are resources coming from the common people of Great Britain, who thus strive to help the quality of Slovak veterans' lives," he added.
"We deeply appreciate the consistent interest of the British in us, the war veterans, our life stories and current living conditions," said Píka, 90, adding that the veterans were receiving the gifts for the eighteenth time. Martin Kay, Britain's deputy ambassador, said that some 5,000 members of the Czechoslovak Armed Forces travelled to Great Britain during the war to fight side by side with British units with valour and determination against Nazi Germany.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Apr 2013 at 14:00