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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks at Tomas Masaryk Statue Unveiling Ceremony, Prague Castle
Prague, Czech Republic, March 7, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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[Remarks delivered in Czech]

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: President and Mrs. Havel, Prime Minister Zeman, Mayor Kasl, President Benesova, Professor Zahradnik, distinguished guests and friends, I am honored to participate in this ceremony of hallowed memory and renewed resolve.

It is especially moving to see this likeness of the living Masaryk so near to the Castle, where he served as President. And--on a personal note--so near to my family's former home, where I was born and where I played as a child.

For me, like the more experienced among you, the memories are strong. I was only four months old when President Masaryk died, but in every other sense I grew up with him.

My father worked for his son. My family talked about him often. I would look at his picture and think to myself, "this is how a President should look." I would study his writings, and think "this is how a President should inspire." I would research his actions and think, "this is how a President should lead."

What an example he set! He was a teacher who never stopped learning; a philosopher who never stopped doing; a lover of peace who never backed away from a fight; and a pragmatist who never stopped believing that the future could be made better than the past.

Among his many accomplishments, President Masaryk forged an unshakable bond across the sea. In 1918, he brought America and the Czech and Slovak peoples together in support of the right of individuals and nations everywhere to live freely and without fear.

Today, I am proud to say on behalf of America that our two nations are cooperating as never before in support of that same right. And I am confident that our friendship will flourish for generations to come. It's great to work with someone as wonderful as President Havel.

Thank you again for allowing me to participate in this ceremony. And for reminding me why I will never forget my home.

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