Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Victimas del Comunismo Mr. Eduards Lee

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

1521 Sixteenth St., NW, Washington, DC 20036 · Tel: (202) 536-2352 · Fax: (443) 276-6789
E-mail: vocmemorial@aol.com · Web site: www.victimsofcommunism.org

June 9, 2009

Dear Friend:

After more than a year of preparation, we will launch the Global Museum on Communism on Tuesday June, 16, 2009. Please join us for one or all of three events marking the occasion, which we are calling a "Day of Commemoration, Tribute to Heroes and the Launch of the Global Museum on Communism."

At 10:30 AM we will hold the Second Anniversary observance since the dedication of the Victims of Communism Memorial. Ambassadors and international leaders will place flowers and wreaths in memory of communism's 100 millions victims.

We will then bus the audience to the Congressional Visitors Center for a 12:30 PM ceremony honoring the 2009 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom recipients. They are: Steny Hoyer, U.S. House Majority Leader; Bishop Laszlo Tokes, hero of the 1989 Romanian Revolution, and; the late Jack Kemp, Secretary of HUD and distinguished Congressman. A complimentary luncheon will follow. Both events require an RSVP, but are open to the public at no charge.

Finally, please join us from 6:30 to 8:30 PM for a splendid reception at the Residence of the Romanian Ambassador in Washington (2500 30th St., NW, Washington, DC 20008). In addition to delicious Romanian food, wine and music, Wall Street Journalist John Fund will deliver a keynote address launching our museum. Tax deductable ticket donations are $100 per individual and $175 per couple. Please RSVP to vocmemorial@aol.com or call (202) 536-2373. For more details, visit www.victimsofcommunism.org

I hope you can be with us on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, a truly memorable and historic day.


Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Chairman, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation


"Truth will penetrate the walls of tyranny in communist China, Cuba, Laos, Vietnam and North Korea with the launch of the online Global Museum on Communism," said Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in a statement released today.

According to Edwards, the public launch of the new online museum will signal to communist regimes worldwide that they can no longer hide their violations of basic rights and liberties. "We believe that the truth will make the captive people free," said Edwards. The launch of the museum will take place on Tuesday June 16, 2009 in Washington, DC during a ceremony to be held at the Residence of the Romanian Ambassador, Adrian Vierita. Wall Street Journalist John Fund will deliver the keynote address to an audience of diplomats, elected officials and human rights activists from around the world.

"The museum's launch will be global in character," said Edwards. It will be broadcast simultaneously via the Internet to thousands of people worldwide, including many in communist controlled countries. New technology enables Internet broadcasting, known as "streaming," to bypass communist blocking equipment designed to keep information away from their citizens, according to Edwards.

A lunchtime award ceremony will precede the launch and honor the recipients of the 2009 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom: U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Bishop Laszlo Tokes (a hero of the 1989 Romanian revolution) and the late Congressman and HUD Secretary Jack Kemp (Jimmy Kemp will accept the medal on behalf of his father). These individuals have distinguished themselves in opposing communism and tyranny around the world. Previous recipients include: Rep. Tom Lantos, Lech Walesa; Vaclav Havel; Elena Bonner; Pope John Paul II; William F. Buckley, Jr.; Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson; Sen. Joseph Lieberman, and; Sen. Jesse Helms.

A wreath laying ceremony will take place during the morning at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill. Ambassadors and diplomats from formerly communist nations, along with the leaders of numerous American-based groups and representatives of the communist nations of Cuba, China, Vietnam and captive Tibet, will lay memorial wreaths.

Space is limited at all three events so RSVPs are strongly encouraged. More information can be found at www.victimsofcommunism.org or by calling (202) 536-2373.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the history, philosophy and legacy of communism.

Please help support our efforts to remember
the 100 million victims of communism.

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