The former Slovakian community of Bradlo west of Hearst was remembered over the holiday weekend with a special ceremony that included the unveiling of a monument. Slovakians first settled in Bradlo in 1930 when they came mover during the war.
Slovakia’s Ambassador to Canada Vit Koziak was in Hearst as part of the celebrations and called it an important part of the Slovakian history and relationship with Canada.
“But this is one of the really first stable settlements that was built in Canada,” he said. “These were hard working people that came over for economic opportunities”
Koziak adds it was a great day for Slovakians and Canadians.
“I’m very thankful to the Town of Hearst and to all the people that take care of that important heritage site that is to be shared between Slovakia and Canada,” he said.
Meantime, the Town of Hearst will commemorate the day it was incorporated tomorrow. A ceremony begins at 2 pm at Nations’ Park followed by free food and live music later at the Hearst Place Pavillion.