Tribute to the brave – The heroes of the 1848-49 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence were commemorated at the Rákóczi College

1848-49 was a defining moment in the life of our Hungarian nation. A handful of young people believed that they could make a difference and could win their freedom for themselves. The revolution won, the fight for freedom failed, but the memory of the heroes lives on in history.

On 15 March, the College’s management, teachers and students commemorated the heroes with a wreath laying ceremony.

The event began with the singing of our national prayer, the Himnusz. Afterwards, Jonatán Nagy, a student of our college, performed the poem Nemzeti dal written by Sándor Petőfi.

Then, József Bacskai, Consul General of the Consulate General of Hungary in Ungvár, interpreted the words of Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary:

“We Hungarians have often proved throughout our history that we dare to fight against the enemy’s overwhelming force, but at the same time, like other nations, we prefer to live in freedom rather than die for it. For decades, we have rightly and sincerely hoped that war would no longer ravage the land of Europe. In these terrible times, we need the compass of Hungarian freedom even more than ever, which has guided us through so many times of disaster in our history”,

Viktor Orbán messaged.

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Afterwards, György Csatáry, Head of the Department of History and Social Sciences, presented the main events of the 1848-49 Hungarian Civic Revolution and War of Independence to the students. Then Szilveszter Ferku, a laboratory assistant in the Department of Philology, performed the song “A Költő visszatér” by the Kormorán band.

At the end of the event, the participants laid wreaths of remembrance under the Kossuth memorial plaque on the wall of the Rákóczi College.

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Anita Kurmay