Statue of Woodrow Wilson unveiled

A bronze statue honouring US President Woodrow Wilson has been unveiled near the Main Train Station in Prague. A similar statue near the station, which used to be named after Wilson, was pulled down by German soldiers during WWII and is only now being replaced, exactly 70 years later. Both President Václav Klaus and former president Václav Havel attended the unveiling, as did American representatives. Woodrow Wilson, who was president of the United States from 1913 to 1921, was an important backer of the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and aided the withdrawal of Czechoslovak Legionnaires trapped in Russia at the end of WWI. The idea to recreate the 3.5 metre statue was initiated by the non-profit organisation American Friends of the Czech Republic.