The Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue has been years in the making. It started as a way to honor a family legacy, but it has grown to become a national symbol.
1956-ers who fled Hungary to come to the United States, have long made up the core of the Hungarian American community. Many became pioneers in their industries. This statue will serve as a permanent reminder of the unsung heroes who waged battle against communism and the Soviet Union. She is a symbol of freedom and democracy and the values that Hungarians and Americans share.
The Hungarian Revolution of 1956, though only successful for 13 days, brought freedom to the region and showed the true and terrible face of communism to the world. This is a story worth celebrating and commemorating.
There is an urgent need to remind the next generation of global history, before tragic mistakes of the past are repeated. More than 30 years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, communist ideology is gaining ground across the world, including in the US. When the Iron Curtain was dismantled, 300 million people were liberated. We must never forget.