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60th anniversary of 1956 Hungarian Revolution

60th anniversary of 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight
Cardinal Mindszenty Plaza
East 12th and Lakeside, Cleveland
October 23, 2016

The commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1956 continued in Cleveland on Sunday October 23, 2016. A memorial program was held at Cardinal Mindszenty Plaza in Cleveland which features both a statue of Cardinal Mindszenty and the Hungarian Freedom Fighter.

Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue

Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue

Cardinal Mindszenty statue

Cardinal Mindszenty statue


Master of Ceremonies Michael Horvath welcomed the crowd to the commemoration and led the crowd as they sang the national anthems of the United States and Hungary.

Michael Horvath

Michael Horvath


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Horvath then introduced young Hungarian Scout Julian Balassy who recited a poem in Hungarian.



Julian Balassy

Julian Balassy

Julian Balassy reciting poem


Next, Andrea Meszaros from board of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society and Museum spoke in Hungarian about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.



Andrea Meszaros

Andrea Meszaros

Andrea Meszaros

Next, Michael Horvath led a prayer for the 1956ers. The crowd said the Our Father in Hungarian.



Michael Horvath

Michael Horvath

Two 1956ers and two young Hungarian American Scouts placed wreaths at the statues of the 1956 Freedom Fighter and Cardinal Mindszenty at the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 in Cardinal Mindszenty Plaza in Cleveland, Ohio. Then Steve Kekedy, one of the 1956ers, said a few words in Hungarian.



Placing wreath at Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue

Placing wreath at Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty statue

Placing wreath at Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty statue

1956er Steve Kekedy

1956er Steve Kekedy

After the wreaths, some members of the crowd placed flowers at the statues.



Rt. Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai of the First Hungarian Reformed Church in Cleveland spoke next at the commemoration.



Rt. Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai

Rt. Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai


Rt. Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai

Finally, Master of Ceremonies Michael Horvath retired the Hungarian Scout Honor Guard which ended the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 in Cardinal Mindszenty Plaza in Cleveland, Ohio.





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Enjoy these other images from the 60th anniversary event.

(As always if we made a mistake with a name or you can help ID someone please let us know.)

Hungarian 1956ers at Freedom Fighter statue

Hungarian 1956ers at Freedom Fighter statue:
Jim Balogh, Edith Lauer, Steve Kekedy,
Thomas Ratoni-Nagy, Ilona Balassy


Cardinal Mindszenty statue

Cardinal Mindszenty statue


Hungarian Scouts

Hungarian Scouts


Hungarian Scouts

Hungarian Scouts


Singing the National Anthems

Singing the National Anthems


Singing the National Anthems


Singing the National Anthems


Singing the National Anthems


Ernie Mihaly with 1956er Imre Balogh and wife Carolyn

Ernie Mihaly with 1956er Imre Balogh and wife Carolyn


Rev. Csaba Krasznai  and 1956er Steve Kekedy

Rev. Csaba Krasznai and 1956er Steve Kekedy


1956er Thomas Ratoni-Nagy at Cardinal Mindszenty statue

1956er Thomas Ratoni-Nagy at Cardinal Mindszenty statue


Young Hungarian Scouts at Freedom Fighter statue

Young Hungarian Scouts at Freedom Fighter statue


Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue

1956ers Steve Kekedy and Edith Lauer


Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue - Steve Kekedy

1956er Steve Kekedy


Michael Horvath

Michael Horvath


Hungarian Scout


Placing wreath at Cardinal Mindszenty statue

Placing wreath at Cardinal Mindszenty statue


Placing wreath at Cardinal Mindszenty statue


Placing wreath at Cardinal Mindszenty statue


Ernie Mihaly and 56er Steve Kekedy

Ernie Mihaly and 56er Steve Kekedy


Posing with Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue


Posing with Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue


Posing with Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue


Posing with Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue


Ernie Mihaly with 1956er Imre Balogh and wife Carolyn

Ernie Mihaly with 1956er Imre Balogh and wife Carolyn


Posing with Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue


Posing with Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue


Posing with Hungarian Freedom Fighter statue


The Crack in the Berlin Wall began with a hole in a flag in Budapest!

As President John F. Kennedy said "October 23, 1956 is a day that will live forever in the annals of free men and nations. It was a day of courage, conscience and triumph. No other day since history began has shown more clearly the eternal unquenchability of man's desire to be free, whatever the odds against success, whatever the sacrifice required."


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