Florida Designates “Victims of Communism Memorial Day”


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Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2022) — Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida signed the Victims of Communism Memorial Day bill (HB 395) into law. This bill designates November 7th as “Victims of Communism Memorial Day” to honor the more than 100 million people who have died under communist regimes and the 1.5 billion people who still live and labor under communism today.

“Commemorating this day not only honors those who have suffered, but it also helps educate American youth to have an understanding of communism and an appreciation for democracy,” said Amb. Andrew Bremberg, President and CEO of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. “I applaud Gov. DeSantis and Florida lawmakers for making this important designation.”

In addition to naming a day of remembrance, Florida HB 395 will require all high school students enrolled in a US Government course to learn about the history of communism and the dangers of communist dictators beginning in the 2023-2024 school year.

Just last year, Florida became the first state to pass legislation that requires all K-12 schools to include in their curriculum a comparative discussion on the dangers of communism as part of their civics education.

Each year on November 7, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation marks National Day for the Victims of Communism to remember those who have suffered and died at the hands of communist regimes in the past, and to stand for those who are fighting for freedom today.

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is an educational, research, and human rights nonprofit devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to pursuing the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.