Black Ribbon Day
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in cooperation with the Platform of European Memory and Conscience and the Joint Baltic American National Committee hosted a special remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, August 23rd (10:00 AM) commemorating Black Ribbon Day 2014.
Black Ribbon Day Commemoration
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Victims of Communism Memorial (intersection of New Jersey Ave. NW and Massachusetts Ave. NW)
We commemorated the victims of totalitarianism in Europe with a special remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, August 23rd at 10:00 AM.
This August 23rd marks the 75th anniversary of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, which divided Europe and helped 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.
On May 22, 2014, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 4435, which designated August 23rd as Black Ribbon Day. Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois, co-chairman of the House Baltic Caucus, sponsored the legislation. The legislation now moves on to the Senate. If the Senate passes a matching Resolution, the United States will join countries around the world in marking August 23rd as Black Ribbon Day and commemorating the millions of victims of Nazi and Communist regimes in Europe.
VOC, in cooperation with the Platform of European Memory and Conscience and the Joint Baltic American National Committee, distributed copies of the reader Lest We Forget: Memory of Totalitarianism in Europe to every member of Congress. Lest We Forget is a publication of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience supported by the European Commission.
More about Platform of European Memory and Conscience
The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is an international non-profit association with currently 42 member institutions and organisations from 18 countries of Europe and North America. Its purpose is to increase public awareness about European history and the crimes committed by totalitarian regimes and to encourage a broad discussion about the causes and consequences of totalitarian rule, with the aim of promoting human dignity and human rights and helping to prevent intolerance, extremism, anti-democratic movements and the recurrence of any totalitarian rule in the future.
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, administration, NGO’s and other groups.
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