“Hungarians have always had to fight for freedom, and this is no different today,” Péter Szilágyi, the prime minister’s commissioner for Hungarian communities abroad, said in front of the 1956 memorial plaque at the House of Hungarians in New York on Saturday.
“Those who left their homeland in 1956 sought freedom,” he said, adding that the Hungarian government recognized the diversity of the Hungarian population, with Hungarians in the homeland, abroad, and the diaspora each having a place in the nation.
He said Hungarians in the United States should be proud of their Hungarianness, history and freedom. “Only a strong community can build a strong nation,” he added.
Szilágyi addressed a 1956 commemoration of the Hungarian Consulate General in New York and attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the 1956 New York Memorial. On Sunday he will speak at the 1956 commemorations organized by Hungarian communities in Passaic, New Jersey, and New Brunswick.
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