Zeman bestowed Czech White Lion Order upon Nicholas Winton and Winston Churchill

Exactly 96 years ago, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk founded Czechoslovakia and became a first president. It is a national holiday in both republics, even after their separation, and on this day Czech president annually gives out state awards to people who helped or served the country.

Sir Nicholas Winton on Prague Castle.

Sir Nicholas Winton on Prague Castle.

The President gives out total of four awards, the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Medal for heroism, Medal for credits, and the most prestigious award, the While Lion Order, which was given to Sir Nicholas Winton, for saving hundreds of Czechoslovak children and also in memoriam to Winston Churchill.

Presidents speech summarized the founding of the Czech Republic and all credits both Mr. Winton and Mr. Churchill have in the course of our history, and ended the speech with heroic sacrifices of Czech soldiers in Afghanistan.