By BOHEMIST STAFF
PRAGUE – A local civic organization has begun a campaign to honor Václav Havel by having a church bell made, placed in a church downtown and named after the late president.
The foundation in charge of the initiative, the Charter 77 Foundation, which was named after a human rights manifesto drafted by Havel, told international media that the bell will mark five years since Havel’s death and 80 years since his birth.
As for the name and location, the bell will be named Vaclav and placed at the Church of St. Havel in downtown Prague. By Wednesday afternoon, donations totaling 65,000 Kč (or US$2,710) had been raised. The organization is asking for 850,000 Kč (or about $35,450) to get the job done.
Václav Havel was a Czech writer, philosopher, dissident, and statesman. From 1989 to 1992, he served as the last president of Czechoslovakia. He then served as the first president of the Czech Republic after the Czech–Slovak split. He died in 2011 at age 75.