Black Ribbon Day in Washington D.C

Black Ribbon Day in Washington DC
The Cossack Congress participated in the first yearly commemoration of Black Ribbon Day in the nation's capital. Organized by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, the event took place on August 23rd and also marks the 75th anniversary of the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact. "Black Ribbon Day" commemorates the lives lost to totalitarian dictatorships.
Earlier that day, the foundation led by Dr. Lee Edwards, along with ambassadors, members of Congress, and NGOs laid a wreath in the Freedom Foyer of the U.S. Capitol. Congressman from Illinois John Shimkus (R) attended the event. He initiated the bill which has already passed the House. Should the Senate follow the Congress in its initiative, the United States of America will officially declare August 23rd official "Black Ribbon Day” joining with several other European countries already commemorating.
The Cossack Congress in America welcomes the plans to build a museum on the history of communism on the National Mall starting in 2017.

Secretary of the Congress Nathalie Vogel laid flowers at the Memorial to the Victims of Communism.