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HungarianNationalHoliday23OctobercommemoratestheRevolutionof1956whenHungariansroseagainsttheSovietruledcommunistsystem.ItalsocommemoratestheDayoftheRepublicasin1989afterthefallofcommunismHungarywasdeclaredarepublicon23October.TheJFTCHungariancontingentcommemoratedbothanniversarieson27October.TheHungarianRevolutionandUprisingof1956Hungarian1956-osforradalomorfelkelswasaspontaneousnationwiderevoltagainstthegovernmentoftheHungarianPeoplesRepublicanditsSoviet-imposedpolicieslastingfrom23Octoberuntil10November1956.Thoughleader-lesswhenitfirstbeganitwasthefirstmajorthreattoSovietcontrolsincetheforcesofSovietUnionoccupiedEasternEuropeattheendofWorldWarII.DespitethefailureoftheuprisingitwashighlyinfluentialandcametoplayaroleinthedownfalloftheSovietUniondecadeslater.Inahistoricsessionon16-20October1989theParliamentadoptedlegislationprovid-ingformultipartyparliamentaryelectionsandadirectpresidentialelection.Thelegislationtrans-formedHungaryfromaPeoplesRepublicintotheRepublicofHungaryguaranteedhumanandcivilrightsandcreatedaninstitutionalstructurethatensuresseparationofpowersamongthejudicialexecutiveandlegislativebranchesofgovernment.Onthe33rdanniversaryofthe1956Revolution23OctoberthePresidentialCouncilwasdissolved.InaccordancewiththeconstitutionparliamentSpeakerMtysSzrswasnamedprovisionalpresidentandheofficiallyproclaimedtheRepublicofHungary.Therevisedconstitutionalsogaveequalstatustopublicandprivateprop-erty.HungarydecentralizeditseconomyandstrengtheneditstieswithWesternEurope.GermanNationalReunificationDay2014ForGermanpeople3October2014marksthe24thanniversaryofnationalunity.TheGermansdecade-longdesireofovercomingtheriftwithinthecountryhadfinallybeenfulfilledinapeacefulmannersotheycouldliveinauniteddemocraticandsocialconstitutionalstateWhatwillneverbeforgottenishowtheAlliedForcesandinparticularPolandcontributedtotheGermanunityandtoovercomingEuropesdivi-sion.Duringthecelebrationofthishistori-caleventattheJFTCon1October2014theGermanSeniorNationalRepresentativeCOLGSKlaus-PeterKiseremphasizedinhisspeechsomeofthehistoricfacts.Whilethisyearwearealsocommemoratingthe100thanniversaryoftheoutbreakofWorldWarIaswellasthe75thanniversaryofthebeginningofWorldWarIIwhichstarteditsterriblecoursewithGermanyattackingPolandfortunatelywealsohavetorememberjoyfuleventsinthehis-toryofEurope-expansionoftheEUbytenmemberstates10yearsagoaswellas15yearsofNATOmembershipofPolandHungaryandtheCzechRepublic.COLKiserrecognizedtheterribleharmsufferedduringWorldWarsIandIIandmillionswholosttheirlives.ThebrutalitythatprevailedinthetwoWorldWarsisbeyondhumancomprehension.FordecadesEuropeanunificationhadbeenimpossibleduetothedivi-sionofthecontinentofEuropeintoWestandEast.Reconciliationworksoutonlywheredialogispossiblenotwherewallsseparatethepeople.GermanFederalChancellorWillyBrandtwasoneofthepathbreakersseekingforgivenessbyanunforgottengestureWillyBrandtkneelinginfrontoftheGhettoHeroesMonumentinWarsawon7December1970WarsawGenuflectionwillremaininourmemoriesforever.ThisishowWillyBrandtsoughtforgivenessforthecrimescommittedbyNationalSocialismandacknowledgedthespecialresponsibilityforthemillionsofHolocaustvictims.TheBerlinWallfell25yearsago.BlockconfrontationoftheColdWarcametoanend.InhisspeechCOLKiserstressedthattheGermanReunificationwouldhavebeenunimaginablewithouttheEuropeanFreedomMovement.StepbystepSolidarnohasfoughtforitsownfreedomandbydoingsoultimatelyforthefreedomofallofus.HepointedoutthatSolidarnohaditsbravestsup-portershereinBydgoszcz.ItwouldnothavebeenpossiblewithoutMikhailGorbachevwhointhewakeoftheGlasnostandPerestroikadis-missedtheideaofSovietclaimtopowerandruleoverothercountries.NorwithouttheHungarianGovernmentthatwasthefirsttoopentheirbor-ders.AndaboveallnotwithoutthegreathelpfromourfriendsintheUSAFranceandGreatBritainwhothenhadexpressedtheirconfidenceagreeingtoGermanreunification.COLKiserespeciallyemphasizedhowPolandHungaryandmanyotherstatesonaccountoftheirunbendingwilltowardsfreedomfinallycontributedtoGermanreunificationandfar-sightedstatesmenhelpedtoovercomethefearsandresistanceandenabledlifeinpeacefreedomandself-determination.EvenJohnPaulIImadeadecisivecontributionbydeliveringhishistoricspeechesandindoingsobackingupthefreedomfightersbyshoutingouttothemBenotafraidCOLKiserendedhisspeechwiththeseremarksTodaysEuropeisthefulfillmentofthedreamsofmanygenerationsofEuropeans.Butitisalsosomethingnottobetakenforgranted.WehaveeveryreasontodefendthisEuropeaswellasthebasicvaluesofourstatesasourgreatestEuropeanculturalachievement.Thisdifferenti-atesourcontinentmorethananythingelsefromothercontinentsforitharborsvaluesthatmakeuptheEuropeanwayoflife.Letusallbeproudofwhathasbeenachieved.Butwearenotdoneyet.ItisaboutpreservingfreedomandwhoshouldknowthisanybetterthanusattheJFTCItisourdailytasktotrainsoldiersandNATOmemberssotheycancontributetheirsharetowardssecuringpeaceandfreedomwheneverandhoweverrequired.Weproceedbravelyandconfidently.Thepast25yearshavedemonstratedwhatwearejointlycapableofachieving.Forallthatweareinfinitelygrateful.ToourcommonfutureTransformationThro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