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Oct 13, 2016

Memorial weekend for the 60th anniversary of Hungary's 1956 Revolution announced

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will lead a 60th anniversary of Hungary's 1956 Revolution service at Kossuth square in front of the Parliament building on October 23

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will lead a 60th anniversary of Hungary's 1956 Revolution service at Kossuth square in front of the Parliament building on October 23rd.

The prime minister will be joined by Polish President Andrzej Duda and other dignitires, who will deliver speeches and remembrance of those who lost their lives in the battle for Hungary's independence.

The Hungarian national flag will be raised with military honors in the presence of President János Áder, Prime Minsiter Viktor Orbán and Speaker of the National Assembly László Kövér, origo.hu reports.

The revolution memorials being as soon as October 22, where former Hungarian Prime Minister Imre Boross and historian Mária Schmidt, director of the House of Terror Museum, will speak to the public at the Budapest Technical University.

During the evening of October 22, a torch-light march will be held from the Műegyetem rakpart to the statue of 19th-century Polish-born hero József Bem.

Budapest mayor István Tarlós is expected to deliver a speech at the Imre Nagy square next Friday evening.

During the weekend visitors are welcome to visit the Hungarian Holy Crown in the Parliament building.

Budapest’s House of Terror Museum can also be visited free of charge on the occasion of the anniversary.

Budapest tram lines 6 and 49 will operate as nostalgia trams.

In Communist times it was forbidden for Hungarians to commemorate the revolution, however, in 1991 the first democratic Parliament declared the day of October 23 a national holiday.