President Bush honored the Hungarians for their independence fights in 1848 and 1956.
Washington, D.C. (AHN) – President Bush on Wednesday has marked the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian uprising by declaring a celebration of National Hungary Day held at the Capitol.
The Hungarian uprising was the first significant move against Soviet dominance in central Europe during the country’s communism years.
Bush says: “The Hungarian example is an example of patience and an example of the fact that freedom exists in everybody's soul,”
“It's an example that tyranny can never stamp out the desire to be free. It's an example that - of a country that, once becomes free, joins with other freedom-loving countries to keep the peace.”
Bush had thanked Hungary and its Ambassador the U.S., Andras Simonyi, for its contributions and efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Imre Nagy was executed in 1958 by communists, another statistic of the 100 million or so deaths by communism. A memorial to his efforts during the 1956 indepencence attempt stands in a school in Kaposvar, his birthplace.