Black Ribbon Day 2016
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in cooperation with the Joint Baltic American National Committee is hosting a special remembrance ceremony on Tuesday, August 23rd (5:00 PM) commemorating Black Ribbon Day 2016.
Black Ribbon Day Commemoration
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Victims of Communism Memorial (intersection of New Jersey Ave. NW and Massachusetts Ave. NW)
This August 23rd marks the 77th anniversary of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, which divided Europe and helped to start the Second World War. The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact stands as a reminder that although totalitarianism takes various forms, it only ever leads to death and destruction.
In the 1980s, members of the Baltic diaspora community living abroad began organizing Black Ribbon Day protests on August 23rd to mark the intertwined legacies and victims of German fascism and Soviet communism.
More about the Joint Baltic American National Committee
The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) is a non-profit organization that monitors issues affecting Baltic-American communities in the United States and the nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. JBANC helps to coordinate Baltic-American activities in Washington, DC with the U.S. Congress, NGO’s and other groups.