Victims of Communism memorial foundation's 8th Annual Roll Call of Nations
The Victims of Communism memorial foundation held it's 8th annual roll call of nations wreath laying ceremony and presentation of the Truman-Reagan medal of freedom. Recipients of the medal of freedom were Alexander Podrabinek of Russia, and Guillermo Fariñas of Cuba. The memorial itself was dedicated to honor every victim of Communism by an act of Congress in 1993. Each year, embassies and representatives of ethnic organizations whose people suffered from communism gather at the "Goddess of Democracy", a statue recreation by Thomas Marsh, to lay down their wreath, in memory of those who bravely stood up for freedom and the truth, and to those who did not survive the communist regime. In 2007 President George W. Bush said, "We have an obligation to future generations to record the crimes of the 20th century and make sure they’re never repeated. In this hallowed place we recall the lessons of the Cold War: that freedom is precious and cannot be taken for granted". Still today, ethnic groups such as Cossacks, have not yet regained their freedom, and the crimes committed against Cossacks are unanswered for. Vice Ataman of the Cossack Congress in America for the territory of the United States of America, Alexey Bocharnikov, participated in the 8th annual roll call of Nations, and laid a wreath from the Cossack Congress in America, in memory of all Cossacks, who were repressed by the Communist regime, and continue to be repressed by acts of cultural genocide of the modern regime in our own homeland of Don, Kuban, Terek, and Ural.