Gesture of Appreciation by the Hungarian Government Salutes “The Statesman who helped shape the future of Europe and Hungary”
October 27th, 2020 | 6am EST, 5am CST, 3am PST
The George & Barbara Bush Foundation is very pleased to announce that the Government of Hungary will be dedicating a statue in honor of the 41st President next week during a ceremony in Liberty Square in Budapest on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. The ceremony will include messages of greeting from former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dan Quayle, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, as well as a special video performance by Texas A&M’s Fightin’ Aggie Marching Band — a favorite of President Bush 41’s.
The joint announcement by the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergely Gulyás, and the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary David Cornstein noted:
“The statue in Budapest pays tribute to President George H. W. Bush, who was the first sitting U.S. President to visit Budapest. President Bush is rightly recognized for the indelible contributions he made over a long career in public service, including as President and Vice President, to ending the Cold War in Central and Eastern Europe and supporting the development of democratic institutions. The inauguration of the statue takes place over thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, the Iron Curtain lifted, and Europe was reunited; when freedom and democracy triumphed in Central and Eastern Europe and the Hungarian people chose to end the darkness of communism and pursue a path of liberty. As a result of this momentous change, and after hard work, the Hungarian people can live in greater security and freedom.”
The date and time of this special statue dedication ceremony has not been officially announced by the Hungarian Government, but we will be sure to share that information when it is released. The Bush Foundation will of course carry the livestream of the ceremony on our website and social media channels, and we will plan to post the full event video on our website upon its completion. Stay tuned for more details soon!