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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 invite you to attend a special remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, August 23rd (10:00 AM) commemorating Black Ribbon Day 2014


Black Ribbon Day Commemoration 
: Saturday, August 23, 2014 
Time: 10:00 AM 
Location: Victims of Communism Memorial (intersection of New Jersey Ave. NW and Massachusetts Ave. NW)

Join us as we commemorate 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, will distribute copies of Lest We Forget: Memory of Totalitarianism in Europe to every member of Congress. Lest We Forget is a publication of the European Platform of Memory and Conscience supported by the European Commission.

Please join us at this commemorative ceremony, where ambassadors and representatives of various ethnic communities will remember all the victims of European totalitarianism.

Please register for this event here

If you are interested in laying a wreath at this event, please contact   
Messenger of the Truth (film screening)

Join us for an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary “Messenger of the Truth,” which tells the story of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the Roman Catholic priest martyred by the Polish Communists for advocating freedom of religion and political reform. By serving as chaplain to the fledging Solidarity Movement, Fr. Jerzy helped to crystalize the anti-communist sentiment in his native Poland. His death sparked a national nonviolent reform movement that eventually dealt a mortal blow to communism’s rule of terror.

Fr. Jerzy’s life stands as a testament to the strength of conviction and the courage of conscience.

The film’s Executive Producer, Gary Chartrand, will speak about the film and its importance. Mr. Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Polish Embassy, will also attend and speak. Senators Rubio (R-FL) and Mikulski (D-MD) have also been invited.

Register for this exclusive screening here. 
Proceeds from the event will benefit the building of the International Museum on Communism.

Watch the Messenger of the Truth trailer here. 

"A must see documentary for all who believe in the rights of religious liberty and those who are lovers of freedom and defenders of truth”

- Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
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