A motorcade of authentic WWII-era U.S. military vehicles are displayed during the Pilsen Liberation Festival
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A wide variety of WWII-era vehicles and re-enactors took part in Pilsen's Liberation Festival parade. The city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic was liberated by allied soldiers on the 6th of May 1945 and the city has proudly Honored America ever sinc... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Czech military enthusiasts replicate contemporary U.S. Army Soldiers as part of the Pilsen Liberation Festival
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Some Czech citizens took to the streets in full U.S. Army regalia as part of the Pilsen Liberation Festival. The city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic was liberated by allied soldiers on the 6th of May 1945 and the city has proudly Honored America ev... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army veteran Stephen Mason and his Czech wife smile and wave to onlookers during the Pilsen Liberation Festival parade
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First meeting each other during the Liberation of Pilsen, Mr. and Mrs. Mason joined military re-enactors as they took part in the Pilsen Liberation Festival parade. The city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic was liberated by allied soldiers on the 6th... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Grandson of Gen. George Patton speaks to attendees at the town-hall meeting in honor of WWII veterans
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – George Patton Waters expressed his gratitude to the people of Pilsen as a representative of his grandfather during the Pilsen Liberation Festival's town-hall meeting in horror of the WWII veterans who liberated the city. The city of Pilsen in the Cz... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

PILSEN, CZECH REPUBLIC--You'd swear you were back in middle-America as you see the World-War II G.I.'s march down the city square in full combat regalia, true to the iconic imagery of the era. As a motorcade of Jeeps, Half-Tracks and Tanks flow in procession down the parade grounds the only give-away would be the prominence of Czech flags waving in tandem with the Stars and Stripes.

Any American citizen would be welcome in the Czech Republic for the Pilsen Liberation Festival, an annual event that commemorates the freedom of the Czech populace by their American and Belgian liberators from the grips of their Nazi occupiers on May 6th 1945.

"We're here portraying today's U.S. Army as a warning that the war is not over and that we're aware of the situation in the Ukraine," explained Radek Syka, a Czech re-enactor who belongs to a club that replicates the fighting units of the United States Army's 2nd Infantry Division.

During the Liberation Festival, the casual observer will notice a variety of military uniformed re-enactors, many of whom do an outstanding job of mimicking their model U.S. forces down to the most minute details.

"It's to thank the U.S. service members and their fathers and grandfathers for what they have done to keep peace around the world," said Syka, who dons the uniform of a U.S. Army Infantry Captain, complete with combat patches and unit insignia in tribute to the unit's historical battles.

Joining the parade's Czech military enthusiasts are a handful of 16th Armored Division Veterans who have made the trip, to return to the land they liberated so long ago.

Unable to stay after the liberation, one U.S. Soldier brought a part of the Pilzen back with him.

"I had to wait three years after the liberation to return to Czechoslovakia with a wedding dress my sister made so I could marry her," said Stephen Mason, who fell in love with the daughter of the Czech family that housed him after the liberation.

"I installed a field telephone into her house connected to our switchboard so I could talk to her at night," laughed Mason, a young Technical Sergeant who was more than capable of putting the communications skills he'd acquired in England prior to the invasion of Europe into practice.

As if to vicariously applaud the efforts of his former troopers, General George Patton's grandson escorted the handful of enthusiastic veterans on their homage tour to Pilsen.

"If he were here today, I think he would be proud of the Czech people and applaud them in their dedication to freedom and their partnership with theses outstanding American Soldiers," exclaimed George Patton Waters, grandson of the famed U.S. Army Armor Officer, whose resemblance is unmistakable.

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