In Memory of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising - Denver, CO
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N 39° 43.105 W 104° 58.557
13S E 502061 N 4396505
Quick Description: A moving monument to the sacrifice of the Hungarians who tried to evict the Soviets in 1956
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 1/19/2011 8:38:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMAJ6W
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Long Description:
This monument is found in a small park in Denver, Colorado, USA. The piece consists of a human figure draped in cloth - as would be the dead. There is a stand for burning candles at the base of the monument. The excerpted poem is from the famous Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty (visit link)

On the reverse, the plaques read:

...We here highly resolve
that these dead shall not
have died in vain
- Lincoln

Az nem lehet, hogy annyi
szív Hiába onta vért...

[English translation]
It cannot be, that so many hearts
Uselessly spilled their blood
And in vain, so many faithful hearts
Were broken for the homeland.
[Mihály Vörösmarty 'Summons' Poem (visit link) ]

[Additional Bronze Plaque]
The Revolution Triumphed
March 25, 1990 - Free Elections
June 19, 1991 - Soviet Troops Depart

Erected by the Hungarians and the Commemorating Committee of Colorado

John A. Love, Governor
Thomas G. Currigan, Mayor
Etienne C. Perenyi, Chairman

"Down by Cherry Creek, there’s a statue in a small park on the south side of the street just before the intersection of Speer and Downing. That statue is a memorial for the Hungarian uprising of 1956, and it stands in the Hungarian Freedom Park.

This monument, which was the first of its kind in North America, commemorates the revolt of the Hungarian people against Soviet oppression. The park itself was once called Arlington Park, and was originally designed by Saco R. DeBoer, who also designed Alamo Placita Park on the other side of Speer.

In 1963, a group of Hungarians, including Janos Benko, formed the Hungarian Club of Colorado. The club believed there should be a memorial to honor the people who were killed during the revolt. Eight club members created a committee to petition the city of Denver.

As a result, in 1966, Arlington Park was renamed the Hungarian Freedom Park. The Hungarian Club of Colorado then started collecting money for a memorial statue. In 1971, with the help of sculptor Zoltan Popovits and Orr Construction Company, a statue was erected that remains today." (from (visit link) )
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Adress of the monument:
Speer and Downing
Denver, CO USA

When was this monument palced?: 1968

Who placed this monument?: Hungarians and the Commemorating Committee of Colorado, John A. Love, Governor Thomas G. Currigan, Mayor Etienne C. Perenyi, Chairman

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