Budapest, October 6 (MTI) – The national flag of Hungary was hoisted and lowered to half mast on Tuesday morning in a military salute to commemorate the leaders of Hungary’s revolution and freedom fight who were executed by Austria in 1849.

The state commemoration in front of Parliament was attended by President Janos Ader, Defence Minister Istvan Simicsko, Chief of Staff Tibor Benko, as well as members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of the political parties.

The names of the 13 Arad martyrs were read out loud in tribute. The dignitaries then moved on to pay their respects by the memorial to Lajos Batthyany, prime minister of Hungary’s first independent government, executed in Pest on the same day.

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October 6 was declared a national day of mourning in 2001.

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Source: Commemorations of 1849 Arad martyrs

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