Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Victims of communism finally remembered
New statue in Washington will address West's 'moral blind spot'

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The 'Goddess of Democracy' featured by Chinese protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989 is the model for a memorial in Washington, D.C., to victims of communism
While memorials to victims of all kinds abound, the U.S. has had no place to teach current and future generations about the "murderous legacy" of communism – until now.

A congressionally authorized "Memorial to the Victims of Communism" will be unveiled Tuesday in Washington, D.C., featuring a statue modeled on the "Goddess of Democracy" used by Chinese students who protested in Tiananmen Square in 1989

The memorial will be located at the intersections of Massachusetts and New Jersey Avenues, about two blocks from Union Station and within view of the Capitol.

A dedication ceremony is planned Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, giving the keynote speech. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., also will speak, and President Bush has been invited to give remarks.