The name of the project symbolizes the Allies’ journey from D-Day (Normandy landings on June 6, 1944) to V-Day (victory day on May 6, 1945). The basic philosophy behind the project, initiated by the City of Pilsen in cooperation with Patton Memorial Pilsen in 2009, was to not just symbolically link the beginning and the end of the Allied forces’ journey as they liberated the European continent at the end of World War II, but especially link the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landing in June 2009 with the Liberation Festival in Pilsen in 2010.
Liberation Festival 2014 will be held in Pilsen, 2-6 May. The city is already preparing the programme, which so far contains especially the traditional annual events.
The first three days, from Friday 1 to Sunday 4 May, will consist of a military and cultural programme. On the Sunday morning there will be ceremonies on Chodské náměstí (Chod Square) and Husova třída (Hus Avenue). A Convoy of Liberty, made up of historical military vehicles, will appear on Klatovská třída (Klatovy Avenue) on Sunday 4 May at approximately 11 a.m.
A ceremony will be held on the afternoon of Monday 5 May on náměstí Míru (Peace Square) by the Monument to the Victims of World War II and Fallen Czechoslovak and Allied Aviators. Liberation Festival will end on Tuesday 6 May at 4.30 p.m. with a ceremony by the “Thank you, America!” monument.