The 12th Annual Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony & Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Presentation
On June 14th, 19 embassies, 4 delegations, and representatives from 48 ethnic and human rights organizations joined VOC for the 12th Annual Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony & Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Presentation at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Capitol Hill.
VOC Announces Partnership with American Cold War Veterans
VOC Executive Director Marion Smith announced an exciting new partnership with the American Cold War Veterans (ACWV) to educate young people on the lessons of the Cold War, especially the sacrifices made by the veterans who stood watch around the globe for nearly five decades to keep the free world safe and to extend the cause of liberty. In addition, VOC will take on the initiative to help finally establish an official service medal for Cold War veterans.
Chairman of the ACWV Charles H. Nalls (COL.) (Ret.) remarked, "On behalf of American Cold War Veterans, I am proud to stand with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation to announce our partnership to achieve that goal of recognition and to preserve a history that must never be forgotten, for to forget dooms us to repeat."
"The Candy Bomber" Awarded Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom
Col. Halvorsen offered the following statement, "It is an honor to receive the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom, and I commend the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for their commitment to the legacy of America's Cold War veterans who stood their watch faithfully. I am grateful for all those who have helped with the cause of freedom throughout the world. We hope and pray that future generations will continue to value freedom and pay the price for it."
Venezuelan Interim Government Joins 22 Other Official Delegations
Interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaidó's government is recognized by more than 60 other countries. This was the first time that representatives of a US-recognized Venezuelan government laid a wreath at VOC's annual Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony.
Record Participation in Wreath Laying Ceremony
Embassy of the Republic of Albania
Embassy of the Republic of Armenia
Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Embassy of the Republic of Croatia
Embassy of the Czech Republic
Embassy of the Republic of Estonia
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Embassy of Hungary
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
Embassy of the Principality of Monaco
Embassy of Montenegro
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Embassy of the Republic of Poland
Embassy of Romania
Embassy of the Slovak Republic
Embassy of Ukraine
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Delegation of the European Union to the United States
European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States
Office of Tibet
And 48 ethnic and human rights organizations