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Commemoration

We must preserve our national cultures and traditions, says Bence Tuzson in Brussels

| April 3, 2019

The State Secretary for Public Service of the Prime Minister’s Office emphasized the importance of the preservation of nations at the commemoration of the 1848-49 Revolution and War for Independence in Brussels.

In 1848, the era required struggle, said State Secretary Bence Tuzson, because a nation would dissolve in an empire if it could not retain its identity.

“The revolutionaries and the freedom fighters have surely agreed on one thing: the fundamental importance of national survival,” he said.

At the event organized on March 15th by the Hungarian delegation of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament and the Magyar Hullám, Bence Tuzson stressed that the war of revolutionaries and freedom fighters was essential: after the compromise, a strong alliance was formed between Austrians and Hungarians.

“We must build a strong alliance with Europe,” he said, urging the creation of an alliance of equal nations and a strong Europe.

He emphasized that the 1848 revolution saved Hungarian culture and tradition. He stressed the protection of Hungarian tradition, culture, nation and language, and warned that the culture of his ancestors would evaporate if the next generation did not embrace it.

“You have to tell stories to your children. The history of a country consists not only of the history of revolutions or fighting for freedom, but of the history of people and families,” he said.

From these mosaics, Hungarian history and tradition will come together, and Hungary and the Hungarian culture will survive.

László Tőkés, Fidesz Member of the European Parliament (MEP), stated in his greeting that one of the outstanding chapters of the “European Spring,” the revolutions of 1848, was written by the Hungarians. Their sacrifice for freedom is an example for all generations, he added.

“Here in Brussels, the capital of the united Europe, we can safely say that in the House of European History, there is a special place for the revolutions of the “European Spring” – and among them, the Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence of 1848-49 stands out,” he said.

“Confronted by the current crisis situation in the EU and facing serious challenges, we have to fight for our countries, our common European values, our national and European interests and our identity, our Christianity and our freedom,” he said.

László Tőkés remembered the refugees who came to Brussels following the 1848 revolution, the tragic fate of the revolutionary Hungarian governor, Lajos Kossuth’s mother and sisters, and he added “Blessed be the memory of the revolutionary and freedom fighter emigrants!”