Commemoration of the martyrs of Arad
The Municipal Government of Debrecen, City of County Rights, had a commemorative ceremony and wreath-laying event on October 06, 2019, the Memorial Day of the heroes of the 1848/49 War of Independence and the Hungarian martyr generals executed in Arad on October 06, 1849.
The commemorative events began with the hoisting of the National Colour to military salute, then lowering it to half-mast in Kossuth square. It was followed by a ceremonial address given by Lajos Barcsa, deputy mayor of Debrecen, at the memorial cairn of General Nagysándor József. He said to the effect that the Hungarian martyrs of Arad have by now become a symbol of stifling Hungarian struggles for liberty as well as those hundreds executed for their stand and the tens of thousands who fell in the various fields. This was followed by the folklore musical group Bürkös presenting its programme titled “My little bay horse deserves the oats” then by the wreath-laying at the plinth of the monument by the borough and the county governments, the Armenian minority self-government, the armed services, social and civilian organisations, offices, institutions, political parties, and later at the memorial plaque of Nagysándor József on the wall of the recruitment office No. 2 of the Hungarian military in Péterfia street. In the latter location Colonel Balázs Szloszjár, commander of the 5th Bocskai István Infantry Brigade made a commemorative speech. According to his remarks the soldiers of today are trying to live up to being worthy of the example set by their predecessors, who fought heroically and stood their ground at the time of the 1848/49 War of Independence.
Photo: János Miskolczi