60th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution and freedom fight of 1956

A memorial celebration of the Hungarian revolution and freedom fight, Kloosterkerk, The Hague

 

The Hungarian Federation in the Netherlands is inviting everyone to a memorial celebration of

the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution

and freedom fight

on Sunday 23 October 2016

in the Kloosterkerk (Lange Voorhout 4, The Hague).

The annual memorial celebration of the Federation has been organised to commemorate 23 October 1956 – the day when the Hungarian nation bravely demonstrated her love of freedom. This is what we fought for – as the first country under the Soviet regime. Though we could not win our freedom in 1956, the freedom fight had a huge impact on the world around us and was the first step in a process that resulted in the fall of the Berlin Wall and the communist regime.

The Hungarian nation is a nation of freedom – as it had been proven by the war of independence of Ferenc Rákóczi II and the freedom fight of 1848-1849. The Netherlands also fought for her freedom in the 16th century. FREEDOM is the key word of both the Hungarian and the Dutch history.

In 1956, the Netherlands – under the Dutch Resistance Movement – welcome the Hungarian refugees. Her Majesty Queen Juliana received them personally in Utrecht and was handed over the flag of the Hungarian revolution. Since then, this flag has been part of the collection of the Royal Archive.

Programme:

Preceding the memorial celebration, an ecumenical church service will take place in the Kloosterkerk in the Hague at 12:00.

The memorial celebration starts in the Kloosterkerk in the Hague at 14:30.

Opening by Mr Ákos Urbán, Chairman of the Hungarian Federation in the Netherlands

The Hungarian Scouts in the Netherlands present the 1956 Hungarian Revolution Flag

National anthems of Hungary and The Netherlands

Welcome by Mr András Kocsis, Ambassador of Hungary to the Netherlands

Welcome by Mr Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Speech by Mr Árpád János Potápi, State Secretary of National Politics of Hungary

‘Voice of a refugee’, speech by Mr Dzsingisz Gábor, Chairman of the Dutch Refugee Organisations

Closing by Mr Ákos Urbán, Chairman of the Hungarian Federation in the Netherlands

After the celebration, the Hungarian Embassy and the Hungarian Federation in the Netherlands are hosting a reception.

Admission is public and free.

Please find more details via this link: http://haga.gov.hu/1956-commemoration-season-national-commemoration-service)