Ostrava commemorated the 100th birthday of late General Zdeněk Škarvada

Ostrava commemorated the 100th birthday of late General Zdeněk Škarvada

On 8 November, the city district Poruba together with whole Ostrava remembered late Brigadier General Zdeněk Škarvada and his 100th birthday. The programme in the Main Street in Poruba started at 9:30 am and continued until 5 pm.

After an opening ceremony, visitors witnessed a flypast of two military aircrafts over the Main Street and a release of tricoloured balloons. From 10:15 am on, they could gather in front of Florida restaurant to observe a full-size model of a Spitfire fighter plane, in which Škarvada used to fight, and listen to the accompanying commentary from a historian and pilot in a contemporary uniform. From 3 to 4:30 pm, there was a culture programme with performances by Poruba trumpeters, Elité majorettes and others.

This event, commemorating General Škarvada, was attended by former pilots and military veterans. Students and teachers of a school which is named after him also came to pay tribute to him. After the flypast, students went to the Skalka Family Park to have a look at army machinery.

The fate of the military veteran, RAF pilot and honorary citizen of Ostrava was remembered by Mayor Tomáš Macura.

Brigadier General Zdeněk Škarvada was born in Olešnice in the Blansko region on 8 November 1917. In 1935, he joined the Military Aviation School in Prostějov, where he was sworn in as a pilot two years later. He left for Poland in 1939 and then continued via the Soviet Union to the United Kingdom. He served at the No. 310 Squadron RAF. In 1942, after a failure of his airplane, he had to make an emergency landing in the sea and was captured by Germans. He was kept in several prison camps and in 1945 he survived a thousand-kilometer-long death march to Schwerin. In 1950, he was dismissed from the army for political reasons and then worked as a miner, also in the Mine Zárubek. From 1966 he lived in Poruba. The Communist regime persecuted him until 1989.