Kiska in Chicago Honours Memory of Czechoslovakia’s Founder Masaryk

Slovak President Andrej Kiska (stock photo by TASR)

Chicago, September 28 (TASR-correspondent) – Slovak President Andrej Kiska and Slovak Ambassador to the United States Ivan Korcok in Chicago on Thursday (September 27) laid wreaths to the memorial of Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomas Garrique Masaryk to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the joint state of Slovaks and Czechs.

“It was nice to come to the city where he (Masaryk) arrived exactly 100 years ago in May and where more than 150,000 Slovaks and Czechs waited for him. They were looking forward to the news and messages concerning the establishment of the Czechoslovak state,” said Kiska.

The Slovak president also visited the University of Chicago, where he discussed with the students, he delivered speech to Slovak expats at the Benedictine University and visited the Slovak Academy of Chicago, at which children are taught Slovak on Saturdays.

“It’s incredibly pleasing to find in the United States in the big city of Chicago Slovaks who have been living here for years and who are very proud to be Slovaks. … I’m very glad that we have such a little Slovakia also in the middle of the United States,” said Kiska.

The Slovak president on Thursday concluded his four-day working trip to the USA.