Foundation Breaks Ground for Victims
Of Communism Memorial
"The world has been reluctant to acknowledge the horrors of Communism... Now at last they will be memorialized." - Washington
The groundbreaking starts. Joseph Lawler, NPS; Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky; VOCMF Chairman Lee Edwards; Congressman
Members of Congress and the Washington diplomatic corps along with government, religious, and ethnic officials attended
the historic groundbreaking of the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, D.C. on September 27. "This is the world's
first memorial dedicated to all the victims of communism," noted Dr. Lee Edwards, chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial
In her remarks, Under Secretary of State Paula Dobriansky urged the audience to "honor the victims of communism by not
only breaking ground for this important monument, but also by re-dedicating ourselves to the struggle of promoting our ideals
of democracy." U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher, an original co-sponsor of the legislation authorizing the memorial, acknowledged
the many difficulties that had to b e overcome, starting with the "many people who did not want to recognize the evil nature
of communism." Joseph Lawler, director of the National Capital Region of the National Park Service, said that the NPS looked
forward "to the day when the Victims of Communism Memorial will take its place among the most important monuments and memorials
in our Nation's Capital."
Formal construction of the memorial will begin in October with dedication planned for June 2007 on the 20th anniversary
of President Reagan's famous declaration at the Brandenburg Gate, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" The dedication will
be followed by an afternoon seminar discussing the victims and crimes of communism and a gala banquet in the evening.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has begun a national fund-raising campaign to raise $250,000 for all three
activities and for its Global Virtual Museum on the Internet which will serve as a portal to museums and institutions around
the world concerned with the victims and crimes of communism.
Please send your your tax-deductible contribution -- $1,000, $500, $100, $50, whatever you can afford -- today.
In giving, you will memorialize the victims of communism and acknowledge the blessings of liberty we enjoy.
About the Foundation
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established by an Act of Congress to build
a memorial in Washington, DC to commemorate the more than 100 million victims of communism; to honor those who successfully
resisted communist tyranny; to educate current and future generations about communism's crimes against humanity; and to pay
tribute to those who helped win the Cold War.
HR 3000, sponsored by Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Senator Claiborne Pell, and Senator Jesse
Helms,became Section 905 of Public Law 103-199, which passed unanimously December 17, 1993, signed by President Clinton, Speaker
Foley, and President pro tem of the Senate, Robert Byrd. It subsequently has been renewed through Section 326 of PL 105-277,
approved October 21, 1998, until December 17, 2007.
The Public Law authorized The National Captive Nations Committee, Inc. to construct, maintain, and operate in the District
of Columbia an appropriate international memorial to honor victims of communism, tragically numbering more than 100 million,
struck down in an unprecedented imperial communist holocaust through conquests, revolutions, civil wars, purges, wars by proxy,
and other violent means. Totalitarian terror countenanced no challenge, from individuals, institutions, political parties,
or faiths. Instead, it set out the “big lie” that a classless utopian society with human dignity for all was its
goal, then cynically produced exactly the opposite in nation after nation which succumbed to its armed might, shameless intrigues,
and hypocrisy. Communism’s collapse, accelerated by heroes within and outside captive nations, came only following a
tragedy of lost generations. That they are lost must not mean that they are forgotten, nor that those whose free will remains
prisoner to this day may be put from our minds. This memorial will assure that they are, instead, remembered forever and that
the history of communist tyranny will be taught to future generations. The National Captive Nations Committee was encouraged
by PL 103-199 to create an independent entity to perform this function. The independent entity created is The Victims of Communism