Freedom Day in Washington, DC

It is becoming a good tradition within Belarusian community in Washington, DC to start Freedom Day celebrations at the Victims of Communism Memorial. It is becoming a good tradition within Belarusian community in Washington, DC to start Freedom Day celebrations at the Victims of Communism Memorial. This year the wreath-laying ceremony was attended by a large group of young Belarusians from the states of New York and New Jersey, leaders of the Ukrainian and Baltic Diasporas and Swedish MP Göran Lindblad.

"Today, March 25, 2010, we are celebrating Belarusian Independence Day, that is, the proclamation of the Belarusian Democratic Republic in 1918. We are remembering the national patriots who fought for Belarusian statehood and fell victim to Communist aggressions," said Dr. Vitaut Kipel of the Belarusan-American Association when opening the wreath-laying ceremony.

The Victims of Communism Memorial was dedicated by President George W. Bush on June 12, 2007 to commemorate the more than 100 million victims of communism. The "Goddess of Democracy" is a bronze replica of a statue erected by Chinese students in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China in the spring of 1989. It is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and New Jersey Avenue, NW on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Many world leaders have already visited the memorial site to pay their respects and lay wreaths.

Members of the Belarusan-American Association continued Freedom Day celebrations at the American University, where they hosted a reception featured lecture/discussion, films, music, displays as well as traditional Belarusian drinks and snacks.

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Victims of Communism Memorial: Wreath Laying Ceremony and Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Ceremony

header-statueWASHINGTON — Wreath Laying Ceremony and Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Ceremony will take place at the Victims of Communism Memorial on June 16, 2009.

A delegation of Belarusian diaspora representing Belarusian-American Association and We Remember Foundation will attend the events and lay flowers to commemorate tens of millions of victims.

 
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Wreath Laying Ceremony The Victims of Communism Memorial  – 10:30 – 11:00 AM International commemoration ceremony Wreaths and flowers from around the world ~ Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Ceremony United States Capitol -12:00 – 2:00 PM Medals awarded to international heroes of freedom: U.S. House of Representatives-Majority Leader Steny Hoyer U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Jack Kemp (posthumously) Romanian Bishop Laszlo Tokes Complimentary luncheon to follow ~ Launch of the Online Global Museum on Communism Reception at the Romanian Ambassador's Residence – 6:30 – 8:30 PM Multi-media presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony Romanian food, drink and music Ticket donations are requested for this event Individuals $100 / Couples $175 ~ RSVP by calling 202.536.2373 or emailing vocmemorial@aol.com