March 15 – US congressmen commemorate Kossuth in Capitol
Three US congressmen addressed a commemoration marking Hungary’s 1848/49 revolution and freedom fight in the US Capitol, in Washington, DC, on Thursday.
Addressing the event, Steve King, a congressman for Iowa who recently visited Hungary, noted the set of values shared by the United States and Hungary.
Both countries share values rooted in Jewish-Christian culture, respect the rule of law and love freedom “given to all by God”, the congressman said.
He called these the foundations that brought freedom to the world and added that Hungary is a “real golden currency”.
The co-chairs of Congress’s Hungarian-American Caucus, Andy Harris, representing Maryland, and Dennis Ross, representing Florida, noted their Hungarian roots.
Ross noted a visit to the US by Lajos Kossuth, Hungary’s regent-president during the revolution, after its crushing, in 1851-52.
He made reference to the “all for the people” speech Kossuth had given in Ohio about democracy which influenced Abraham Lincoln’s famed “for the people, by the people” speech given at Gettysburg in 1863.
At the ceremony, participants including Elisabeth Millard, the State Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Hungarian Ambassador László Szabó, laid a wreath at the Kossuth Bust in the Capitol’s Rotunda.