Groundbreaking for a memorial to the 100 million victims of communism is set for September in Washington, D.C., now that the fundraising goal has been reached, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has announced.
The foundation announced July 19 that it has raised USD 825,000 for the construction of the memorial at the junction of Massachusetts Avenue, New Jersey Avenue and G Street, within sight of the U.S. Capitol.
The memorial, designed by San Francisco-based sculptor Thomas Marsh, will feature a bronze replica of the “Goddess of Democracy” statue erected during the 1989 Chinese student protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
Baltic-American communities of Latvians, Estonians and Lithuanians were singled by the foundation for their support of the memorial, the Joint Baltic American National Committee announced. The governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania contributed nearly USD 11,000 to the cause.
The foundation is awaiting approval of a construction permit from the National Park Service.
The memorial is to be dedicated in June 2007 on the 20th anniversary of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s historic speech at the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin, when he challenged Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
A rendering shows sculptor Thomas Marsh’s design for the Victims of Communism Memorial. (Image courtesy of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundtion)
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