published: 03.10.2013, 08:17 | updated: 03.10.2013 10:07:12
Washington - A memorial to former Czechoslovak and Czech president Vaclav Havel (in office in 1989-1992, 1993-2003) was unveiled within the campus of Georgetown University in Washington on Wednesday.
It is composed of a lime tree and two armchairs with a small table by Czech architect Borek Sipek who was Havel´s friend.
The ceremony was preceded by a discussion on Havel´s legacy.
Havel, a former dissident and playwright, died in December 2011, aged 75.
Havel was ushered into Georgetown University by its Professor Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state, during his first visit to the United States in 1990 already and then also in 2005.
The university was one of the first places Havel visited in the United States in 1990, shortly after the communist regime was toppled in then Czechoslovakia in end-1989.
The unveiling of the memorial was attended by Havel´s widow Dagmar Havlova, Albright and other guests. Singer Suzanne Vega sand her song Horizon she devoted to Havel.
The building of the memorial was financed by the Czech embassy in the United States, Georgetown University, Vaclav Havel Library and the American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR) organisation.
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