Snowboard champion Ester Ledecká, footballer Petr Čech and poet Karel Sýs are among the 28 nominees for a state award proposed by the lower house of Parliament. War veterans Josef Ocelka, Josef Bernát and Květoslav Prokeš have been nominated for state awards in memoriam.
The country’s highest state distinctions – The Order of T.G. Masaryk, the Order of the White Lion and medals of merit are traditionally handed out by the president on October 28th, Czechoslovak Independence Day. Nominations are put forward by both houses of parliament and the president.
This year the anniversary will be especially important since it marks 100 years since the birth of Czechoslovakia.
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