Service personnel are gearing up for military parade in tribute of Slovak National Uprising heroes

In preparation for the 75th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), these days members of the Slovak Armed Forces are gearing up for a military parade to be held on 29 August 2019 in Banská Bystrica. In this way, too, the Slovak military wants to remember the heroes who fought for common principles and ideas which today form the pillars of military traditions of the Slovak Republic – the struggle for peace, democracy and equality and especially the fight against fascism.
 
Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš said: “In no way should this military parade be a show of force, nor should it promote military solutions to conflicts. In fact, it should be a tribute to our grandparents for standing up with arms in their hands and fighting for their nation and freedom, just as our Slovak Armed Forces are ready to protect the interests of the Slovak Republic and its citizens today.” As he pointed out, the military parade offers an excellent opportunity for our citizens to see first-hand the latest advances in the capabilities of the Slovak Armed Forces.
 
DCHOD and Parade Commander Maj Gen Miroslav Lorinc said that over 1,500 troops, divided into more than 30 marching groups, are expected to take part in the military parade. “The Slovak Armed Forces will be represented by members of the SVK Army, SVK Air Force, Special Operations Forces, Military Police, and, of course, the Armed Forces Academy in Liptovský Mikuláš,” said Maj Gen Lorinc.
 
The programme will take many forms, including a spectacular parachute drop by SVK AF and 5th SOF Regt parachutists. 200 vehicles and 15 aircraft will be involved, and so will three historical groups in tribute to the SNP insurgents. “We want to pay homage to them and point to their significance from the perspective of our history and preserving the legacy of military traditions,” said Maj Gen Lorinc. The last such military parade of the Slovak Armed Forces took place 10 years ago in Bratislava.
 
The military parade, which is scheduled to start at 15.00hrs on 29 August 2019, has been approved as part of the SNP 75th Anniversary National Act of Remembrance by the SVK Cabinet. The parade rehearsal in Banská Bystrica is planned to take place in the evening hours towards the end of August, while reasonable steps will be taken to minimise the restrictions for residents of Banská Bystrica.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: OS SR - Date: 02.07.2019
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