Rally in Support of the Memorial for Victims of Communism
April 30, 2015
On April 30, 2015, more than 500 people rallied to support the Memorial to the Victims of Communism and to inaugurate Journey to Freedom Day, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and recognizes the exodus of Vietnamese refugees to Canada. Hundreds of Canadians of Vietnamese descent, as well as representatives from Hungarian, Polish and other communities that have been the victims of communism supported the memorial, which is to be located in St. Laurent Square. They were joined by Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Democratic Reform, and Senator Thanh Hai Ngo.
This rally in support of the memorial was the first event inaugurating the first Journey to Freedom Day. This National Memorial of Victims of Communism will pay tribute to more than 100 million people worldwide who have suffered under communist tyranny. It is also a public place where all Canadians can pause and reflect upon our democratic values.
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