2015 VOC Commemoration

June 15, 2015

Curated by Dissident

Dr. Edwards & Guillermo Farinas

VOC Chairman Dr. Lee Edwards awards Guillermo Farinas the 2015 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom at the Triumph of Liberty Luncheon

Farinas greets guests

2015 TMRF awardee Guillermo Farinas speaks with well-wishers at the Triumph of Liberty Luncheon

Farinas speaks to press

2015 TMRF awardee Guillermo Farinas speaks with press at the Triumph of Liberty Luncheon

Guests enjoy lunch

Guests talk and enjoy lunch at the Triumph of Liberty Luncheon

Dr. Edwards with TRMF awardees

Russian dissident Alexander Podrabinek, VOC Chairman Dr. Lee Edwards, and Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida speaks at the 2015 Triumph of Liberty Luncheon

Senator Tom Cotton

Senator Tom Cotton Mario Diaz-Balart of Arkansas speaks at the 2015 Triumph of Liberty Luncheon

VOC Panel Event

Panel discussion on the “Soviet Sphere” in Reality and Memory at the Library of Congress’ Members’ Room

Cold War Propaganda Poster display

Library of Congress Cold War Propaganda Poster exhibit

Marion Smith Introduces Panel

VOC Executive Director introduces a panel discussion on the “Soviet Sphere” in Reality and Memory at the Library of Congress’ Members’ Room

Anna Smith Lacey

Anna Smith Lacey welcomes VOC guests to the Library of Congress during 2015 commemorative events

VOC "Soviet Sphere" panel

Alexander Podrabinek, Paul Goble, Prof. Alonzo Hamby, Dr. Lee Edwards, and David Kramer sit for a panel discussion on the “Soviet Sphere” in Reality and Memory

Rep. Shimkus

Representative John Shimkus of Illinois welcomes VOC guests to the Library of Congress Members’ Room

Hon. Don Ritter

VOC Director Don Ritter introduces a panel discussion on the “Soviet Sphere” in Reality and Memory at the Library of Congress’ Members’ Room

Podrabinek talks with guests

2015 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Award winner Alexander Podrabinek chats with guests between events at the Library of Congress

Magay and Honda

Witness to communism Dániel Magay and Representative Mike Honda of California meet at the US Capitol

Oum and Posey

Witness to communism Nal Oum and Representative Bill Posey of Florida meet at the US Capitol

Witness Project

Witness Project Director Adam Hawk Jensen, Witness subject Daniel Magay, Witness subject Nal Oum, and Witness Project Manager Travis LaCouter sit for a panel following a special screening of the Witness Project at the Library of Congress

Dániel Magay

Dániel Magay, who won a gold medal in fencing in the 1956 Olympics before defecting to America, listens on during commemorative events in the Library of Congress

Dignitaries gather

VOC Executive Director Marion Smith, VOC Chairman Dr. Lee Edwards, Hungarian Ambassador to the US Réka Szemerkényi, Hungarian survivor of communism Dániel Magay, former Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi, and Hungarian survivor of communism Veronica Magay

Rep. Kaptur

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio delivers remarks during a reception for guests of VOC at the Library of Congress

Kaptur and Farinas speak

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio speaks with Cuban dissident and TRMF winner Guillermo Farinas at the Library of Congress

Guests mingle

Guests of VOC chat during a reception at the Library of Congress

8thh Annual VOC Wreath Laying Ceremony

A crowd of dignitaries, human rights activists, VOC supporters, and media gather for the 8th Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony

Alexander Podrabinek

2015 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom winner Alexander Podrabinek delivers his acceptance speech.

Dr. Lee Edwards

Dr. Edwards, Chairman of VOC, speaks at the 8th annual Roll Call of Nations.

Fmr. Foreign Minister of Hungary János Martonyi

Former Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, János Martonyi, comments on the devastating effects of communism.

Don Ritter

VOC Director Don Ritter introduces 2015 TRMF Awardee Guillermo Farinas

Guillermo Fariñas Hernandez

2015 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom winner Guillermo Fariñas Hernandez speaks on his personal experiences in Cuba and on his fight against communism.

Podrabinek awarded TRMF

VOC Chairman Dr. Lee Edwards awards Alexander Podrabinek a Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom for his life’s work resisting totalitarian government

Podrabinek awarded TRMF

VOC Director Dr. Aldona Wos, VOC Chairman Dr. Lee Edwards, TRMF Awardee Alexander Podrabinek, and VOC Executive Director Marion Smith pose for a picture

Alexander Podrabinek and Guillermo Fariñas Hernandez

2015 Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Awardees Alexander Podrabinek and Guillermo Farinas

Crowd

Onlookers, including TRMF winner Guillermo Fariñas, watch at the 8th annual wreath laying ceremony

Karl Altau

VOC Director Karl Altau reads off the 8th Annual Roll Call of Nations

Cuban dissidents lay flowers

Cuban dissidents lay a wreath at the Victims of Communism Memorial during the 8th Annual Roll Call-Roll of Nations

Lithuanian Ambassador lays wreath

Ambassador Pavilionis of Lithuania lays a wreath during the 8th annual roll call of nations

Moldovan Ambassdor lays wreath

Ambassador Munteanu of the Republic of Moldova lay a wreath during the 8th annual roll call of nations

nations come together to lay wreaths

Representatives of Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, and Ukraine prepare to lay wreaths during the 8th annual roll call of nations

Laotians lay wreath

Representatives of the Union for Lao Nation lay a wreath during the 8th annual roll call of nations

American Cold War Veterans

Fr. Col. Charles Nalls of the American Cold War Veterans Association lays a wreath during the 8th annual roll call of nations

Hungarian interns lay wreath

Interns from the Hungarian American Coalition lay a wreath during the 8th annual roll call of nations

Assembled Wreaths

Wreaths to be set during the 8th annual roll call of nations

assembled Wreaths

Wreaths to be set during the 8th annual roll call of nations

Assembled Wreaths

Wreaths to be set during the 8th annual roll call of nations

Cossacks

A stark message about man-made famine from Ukrainian cossacks

DCMs gather

Deputy Chiefs of Mission from the embassies of Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Latvia gather during the 8th Annual Roll Call of Nations

Dignitaries gather

Ambassador from Bulgarian Hon. Poptodorova, former Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi, and Ambassador from Hungary Réka Szemerkényi gather during the 8th Annual Roll Call of Nations

Marion Smith & Aldona Wos

VOC Executive Director Marion Smith and VOC Director Hon. Aldona Wos lay a wreath on behalf of the victims of communism

Entire Group

A record number of participants came together to honor the more than 100 million victims of communism