On Saturday the 13th of November 2021, the community of Lidice and all those who knew him the world over raised a final glass to Václav Zelenka. Lidice had suffered yet another great loss with his passing, but his impact on humanity remains indelibly imprinted on the very soul of Lidice for generations throughout the world for countless years to come.
The Lidice Rose Garden of Peace and Friendship was opened on the 19th of June 1955. People flocked to the village from far and wide to see the spectacle. Dignitaries were present from around the world, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, as well as other leaders from both sides of the Iron Curtain, including the Soviet Union, Italy, Hungary, East and West Germany, the USA, and Poland.