A day with T.G.M. on the occasion of the 173rd anniversary of the birth of the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigu Masaryk, March 5, 2023, Lány.
Lány (Kladensko) – The memory of the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigu Masaryk was honored this afternoon with a memorial service in front of the museum in Lány in Kladensko. The participants commemorated 173 years since the birth of the first president and, while singing his favorite song Oh synku, sonku, laid flowers and wreaths at Masaryk's equestrian statue. Approximately two hundred people took part in the memorial service, including politicians, representatives of the municipality and associations.
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“Every time I'm in Lány, it seems to me that I'm really close to the legacy of Tomáš Garrigu Masaryk. It's as if I'm touching democracy, the values he professed, the humanity he represented, and I perceive the strength of his personality,” said Governor Petra Pecková.< /p>
She reminded that the inauguration of the new president, Peter Pavle, is taking place on Thursday. So far she has refused invitations to the Castle, but she would like to attend Pavlov's inauguration. “I will be very happy to come to Prague Castle on Thursday and I will look forward to the fact that the next term of office will follow in the footsteps of our first president,” added Pecková. Like another speaker, Senator David Smoljak (STAN), she recalled the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Lánská museum. “I am very happy that this museum has become not only a national museum, but also an important point of our village,” added the former mayor of Lán Karel Sklenička.
Today, visitors to the museum could view the animated exhibition – they met the gendarmes of the time, falcons and Masaryk's doppelganger. The biggest attraction was the tasting of Masaryk's favorite dishes. According to Barbora Bednářová Šafránková, head of last year's branch of the T. G. Masaryk Museum, around 700 portions were prepared for the event. The greatest interest was in plum dumplings sprinkled with poppy seeds, the menu also included potato soup, brynz gnocchi or scrapacks with smoked meat and cabbage. the popular soup and dumplings belong more to his daughter Alica Masaryková,” Bednářová Šafránková told ČTK. According to her, hundreds of people found their way to the museum today and the interest in the event was certainly greater than in previous years. The food tasting and memorial service in the afternoon was followed by the opening of the Masaryk in America exhibition.
The anniversary of Masaryk's birth falls on Tuesday, when an official memorial service will take place at Masaryk's grave in Lány. Masaryk was born on March 7, 1850 in Hodonín and died at Lány Castle on September 14, 1937. Masaryk was very fond of Lány, later it became his final resting place and the grave of the Masaryk family was a symbol of Czechoslovak democracy even in the times of totalitarianism.