“1956 occupies a special place in our hearts; this is the origin of all our achievements”, said László Palkovics, Minister for Innovation and Technology at the Vigadó Concert Hall on Monday in Budapest. He presented state awards and university and college academic appointments to mark the anniversary of the 1956 Revolution and the Fight for Freedom.
“In 1956, every single drop of blood was also spilled for Europe; we were defending common European values”, Mr. Palkovics declared.
“The young people of 1956 revolted against the Rákosi system, and the country too stood up against one of the world’s strongest powers. And although the country counted on the support of the West, it received only promises, nothing else”, Minister of Defence Tibor Benkő pointed out.
“Although the fight for freedom failed, its ideology has remained in existence throughout, and it is our duty to nurture our historical heritage”, the Minister of Defence highlighted.
“Let us be proud of everyone who sacrificed their life and their blood for our homeland”, Benkő stressed, adding that it is no accident that Hungary is still the homeland of the Hungarians today. “In addition to nurturing our traditions, we must also remember our true history and ensure that it is remembered. It is our duty to protect our values, our freedom, and our culture, and this is why we must develop a strong and effective military”, he stated.
State Secretary reveals plans for October 23rd celebrations
“October 23rd is the most important manifestation of the Hungarians’ desire for freedom and the Hungarian people’s battle for independence,” Zoltán Kovács, State Secretary for International Communication and Relations, stated.
The State Secretary highlighted that October 23rd stands out as an example of the fact that everyone can take action to achieve freedom even in the most hopeless situations.
On the day of the celebration, you can listen to the speech of former Prime Minister Péter Boross at 3 p.m. at the Budapest University of Technology. A speech will also be given by László Palkovics, Minister for Innovation and Technology.
Following the speeches, the traditional, torchlight commemorative procession will take place to the Bem statue, where Bence Rétvári, Ministry of Human Capacities’ Parliamentary State Secretary, will give a speech.
In the evening, you can enjoy the concert by János Csík and Esszencia. During and after the concert, a light show will be projected onto the buildings. At 9 a.m. you can participate in the ceremonious hoisting of the flag in front of Parliament on Kossuth Square.
The Holy Crown will be open to the public all day in the Parliament Building, in addition to which family programs are available to all visitors on Kossuth Square.
The now traditional Freedom Concert will be held at Millenáris Park at 7 p.m. It will be followed by a series of celebratory events. The celebration will end with a gala concert at the Academy of Music.