Top: Andrea Bocskor; members of the Scout troop; Middle: dancers; part of Sodró Ensemble; Bottom: presentation of the flags; wreath of the Hungarian Community Club at the Memorial
Honoring the 1956 Revolution in Wallingford, CT
The weather did not cooperate on Sunday, October 27th as people under umbrellas gathered in front of the Hungarian Community Center in Wallingford, CT to lay flowers of remembrance at the 1956 Memorial.
Deputy Consul General Péter B. Nagy also brought a wreath and greetings from New York for the occasion. The ceremony was cut short by the rain, and the program continued inside, beginning with the presentation of flags by the Hungarian Scouts.
Moderated by Dr. Balázs Somgyi, highlights of the pogram included a message by Andrea Bocskor, Representative to the European Union from Kárpátalja. She and Dr. Ildikó Orosz, President of II. Rákóczi Ferenc University of Munkács summarized the present situation of Hungarians there under Ukrainian rule. Dr. Béla Popovics, local historian and history professor, declared that the Hungarian people DO have a future, and that they will have the necessary strength only if they trust in God. Through the courage of the parents who taught the language to their children, he said, ”we find our Christian roots and national pride. For we are not Felvidék Hungarians, Transylvanian Hungarians, Délvidék Hungarians or Kárpátalja Hungarians; there is only ONE Hungarian identity”, he concluded.
The Sodró Ensemble, also from Kárpátalja, consisting of accordion, clarinet, violins, bass, cimbalom, a singer and a couple presenting folk dances, presented a most enjoyable musical program.
Csaba Téglás read his translation of an anonymous poem, ”Forgive Me My Teenagers”, a tribute to the many young heroes of the Revolution. László Papp, who was responsible for the planning and erecting of the 1956 Memorial on Riverside Drive in New York City, said in his English-language remarks that ”Our testimony proves that the might of an oppressive power can crush a small nation, but can never suppress our yearning for freedom... The Hungarian revolution proved to be the first nail in the Soviets’ coffin”, concluding that ”The thirteen days that shook the Kremlin finally triumphed.”
The opening invocation was given by Rev. Attila Tobiás of the Wallingford United Church of Christ, while the closing benediction was given by Rev. Tibor Király of the Calvin United Church of Christ of Fairfield, CT. Refreshments rounded out the beautiful afternoon of remembrance and homage which the rain could not dampen.