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Hungary DM: We Hungarians Want Peace!

The defense minister calls for a pledge that Hungarians will no longer go to war for foreign interests.

Forrás: MTI2024. 05. 27. 14:22
Hungary's National Defense Minister Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky gives a speech honoring Hungarian heroes at the commemoration held at heroes' plot 52 in the Fiumei Road Cemetery in Budapest, May 26, 2024 (Photo: MTI/Tamas Purger)
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"We are indebted to our heroes, and must pay this debt not primarily with memorials, but by defending everything they gave their lives for: a free Hungary that decides its own destiny," said Defense Minister Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky at Heroes' Plot 52 in the Fiumei Road cemetery.  

Photo: Tamas Purger


At the commemoration ceremony honoring Hungarian Heroes, the minister said, "We owe it to all Hungarians not to take them into pointless, avoidable wars fought for the interests of others. We owe it to all Hungarians, including those who have come before us and those who will come after us, to stand our ground and defend ourselves," he added, recalling

They were living in difficult wartimes when Baron Ferenc Abele, general staff colonel, wrote in 1915 to Count Istvan Tisza to urge the nation to pay tribute to the heroes who had fallen for their country. The people understood his intention and erected the heroes' memorials from public donations;

"The people knew the memorial was theirs, and that their family members, relatives, friends, acquaintances and neighbors were commemorated on it," he said, adding that this bond, the bond of remembrance, was one of the strongest cohesive forces that held Hungary together in the interwar period. The communist dictatorship devalued the First World War and the sacrifices made for the country, therefore the renewal of memorials, also including those commemorating the heroes and victims of the Second World War, was an important symbol of the regime change.

"By enacting into law the Heroes Memorial Day at the turn of the millennium, meant that the country once again commemorates its heroes and pays tribute to the thousand-year-long journey our soldiers have made in defense of the homeland, the head of the Ministry of Defense said. He stressed that we are indebted to our heroes, without whom we would not be here today. Those who have a past, above all have a present: they know who they are, where they came from and have an idea of what their duty is in the world, he noted.

Those who don't care about the past, who erase the past for good and pursue a quest for a better future that will never come, while making the present a living hell, don't understand because they don't want to understand that we belong together. Yet this country is home to them as well, because it exists. It is because there were those who were willing to fight for it for a thousand and one hundred years,

the minister stated.

Flipping through the pages of 20th century history, according to the minister, it is evident that politicians who are stupid enough to dream of war and refuse to listen to the common sense of the people and the soldiers never make good decisions. 

From beside the graves of the heroes who died for their country, we send them a message: we Hungarians do not want war, we want peace, we do not want dead heroes, but living men, husbands and fathers. Decisions about Hungary can only be made in Hungary, and only we Hungarians can decide on the question of war and peace,

he underlined.

Poto: Tamas Purger 

Minister Szalay-Bobrovniczky called on us to renew our pledge that Hungarians will never again go to war for foreign interests. 

State, municipal and civil organizations laid flowers at the ceremony. On June 19, 2001, the Hungarian Parliament passed into law the Act on the memorializing of Hungarian heroes and named the last Sunday of May the annual Day of the Commemoration of Hungarian Heroes who gave their lives for the homeland.

Cover photo: Hungary's National Defense Minister Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky gives a speech honoring Hungarian heroes at the commemoration held at heroes' plot 52 in the Fiumei Road cemetery in Budapest, May 26, 2024 (Photo: MTI/Tamas Purger)

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