President awarded 20 personalities

Many people who stood up against totalitarianism in the 20th century are among the awardees.

President Zuzana Čaputová hands out the state honour to Branislav Tvarožek, a direct participant of the 1944 Slovak National Uprising. President Zuzana Čaputová hands out the state honour to Branislav Tvarožek, a direct participant of the 1944 Slovak National Uprising. (Source: TASR)

President Zuzana Čaputová bestowed state honours on 20 personalities from Slovakia and Czechia on January 2.

The state honours are awarded every year to mark the anniversary of the emergence of the Slovak Republic in 1993. The president bestows them on selected people for their extraordinary or significant merits to the benefit of the Slovak Republic, democracy, the defence and security of the state, the results of their work or other exceptional deeds and achievements.

All state honours are awarded in three classes, with the I. class being the highest. The I. class is awarded for extraordinary merits.

This was the first time Čaputová awarded state honours as president. She focused on personalities linked to the fall of Communism in November 1989 and to the fight against totalitarianism. The president said she respected all those who have resisted societal evil in the times of totalitarianism, even if the price they had to pay was the loss of personal freedom and the persecution of their closest ones.

"I consider it my honour and privilege that I can thank all of you who will now accept the honours in the name of the republic and its inhabitants for all the things you have done for us and the things that you are yet to do," Čaputová said when she addressed the laureates.

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