On Tuesday, January 24, Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi awarded Representative Marcy Kaptur the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary in recognition of her outstanding work as Co-Chair of the Hungarian-American Caucus and for providing a significant voice and platform for Hungarian-Americans across the United States.
On Tuesday, January 24, Ambassador of Hungary Dr. Réka Szemerkényi presented Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary on behalf of the Government of Hungary for her service to the Hungarian-American community and role in deepening US-Hungarian transatlantic relations. The Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary is one of the highest civilian awards that foreign nationals can receive.
As Co-Chair of the Hungarian-American Caucus since 2013, Representative Kaptur continues to provide a strong voice for Hungarian-American issues in Congress and sought to promote constructive dialogue between Hungary and the nearly 1.5 million Americans of Hungarian heritage living in the United States. Representative Kaptur’s leadership and work alongside fellow Co-Chairs Dennis Ross (R-FL), Andy Harris (R-MD), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI), has been instrumental in the strengthening of Hungarian-American cultural, political, and economic relations.
Founded in 2003 by the late Hungarian-American Congressman Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), the fifteen-member Caucus also serves as an invaluable tool for communication between the US Congress and the Hungarian Parliament.
Speaking to audience members at the ceremony, Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi said: “I am truly grateful for all the hard work you have done as the Co-Chair of the Hungarian-American Caucus to your Hungarian constituents in particular. The presence of the leaders of the Hungarian-American organizations here tonight is a true testimony to that heartfelt gratitude and appreciation.”
Ambassador Szemerkényi added that “Tonight, we are celebrating one of the best friends Hungary has in the Congress of United States of America” and thanked Representative Kaptur for her staunch support in the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight in October of 2016.
In response to her laudation, Congresswoman Kaptur said, "I remain dedicated to continuing channels of cooperation to ensure the principles of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution are fully realized between our two countries. Hungarian-Americans join fervently with Hungarians to keep alive the dream of freedom."
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