Congressional Leaders Deliver Video Messages Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight

Publicated on: October 11, 2016

Representatives Ed Royce, Marcy Kaptur, Dennis Ross and French Hill each delivered special video messages in support and commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight.

Congressional leaders and members of the U.S House of Representatives delivered video messages of support in anticipation and commemoration of the upcoming 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ed Royce, Co-Chairs of the Hungarian-American Caucus Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Ross, and Arkansas Congressman French Hill each spoke of the vital historical importance of the 1956 Revolution on the trajectory of the Cold War as well as the enduring relationship it has formed between the United States and Hungary.

Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Relations, praised the courage and sacrifice of the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956 and spoke of the tremendous contributions 56ers and their Hungarian-Americans descendants have come to make to American society.


Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Co-Chair of the Hungarian-American Caucus, honored the lives lost in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and paid tribute to the values of the Revolution – freedom, liberty and democracy – that would later serve as the founding pillars of US-Hungarian relations following the collapse of Communism.


Representative Dennis Ross (R-FL), Co-Chair of the Hungarian-American Caucus, recalled his Hungarian heritage in a deeply personal address and delivered impassioned praise for  the vital role the Hungarian Revolution played in the defeat of Communism.


Representative French Hill (R-AR), born on the morning of the 1956 Revolution, praised the political and economic reforms taken by the post-1990 multiparty and democratic Hungarian government and praised Hungary for its commitment to free and open markets.


As a most treasured gesture honoring the freedom fighters and the message of 1956, on September 22 Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Dennis Ross (R-FL) together gave a bipartisan floor speech in the US House of Representatives on the value of the 1956 Revolution, emphasizing the role of these values in re-establishing Hungarian-American relations in 1990 and how these values have since provided the foundation for US-Hungarian bilateral relations. This followed the introduction of Congressional Resolution H.Res. 865 "Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956 and celebrating the deep friendship between Hungary and the United States.” The personal remarks of the Representatives Kaptur and Ross, together with the Caucus' support in the presentation of the Congressional Resolution, constitute one of the most memorable and elevating moments in the celebration of the 60th Anniversary  of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight in the United States of America.

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