Hungary has remembered the signing of the Treaty of Trianon, which ended WWI for Hungary, during the Day of National Cohesion on Sunday.
President János Áder and Defense Minister István Simicskó led a flag-raising ceremony in the square in front of parliament. The ceremony was witnessed by other dignitaries and members of the public.
According to MTI, Lajos Kósa, group leader of Fidesz, said that the past years were evidence of Hungarians’ capacity for national renewal, even after the tragedy of Trianon.
“We believe in the strength of national cohesion because only a strong nation can stand up for itself in the world,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said that support for Hungarians living outside of the country’s borders had risen by a factor of ten since the governing Fidesz-KDNP alliance came to power in 2010.
In addition to support for culture and education, Hungary’s government has made grants and preferential credit available to these Hungarians, he said. As a result, the process of assimilation has slowed, he added.
June 4 was declared the Day of National Cohesion by lawmakers in 2010.