My Dear Hungarians – Kedves Magyarok  –

  • John and Edith Lauer for not only getting our guest speaker, Dr. Csak Janos, but housing both him and his son Mate, and showing them the Cleveland / Hungarian sights during their 2 day visit
  • Dr. Csak Janos for accepting the invitation in coming to Cleveland and being our guest speaker
  • Bojtos Laciba and his wife Gyorgyi for hosting a small dinner gathering Saturday evening for Dr. Csak and Mate
  • Carolyn Balogh, as president of the Hungarian Cultural Garden, for donating the wreath that was placed at the 1956 and Mindszenty statues Sunday and for attending at the wreath-laying ceremony along with Misi Horvath, John & Marika Megyimori and their daughter Marika, Thomas Ratoni-Nagy and Eva Szabo
  • to the parishioners of St. Emeric’s for co-hosting this commemoration with the UHS /EME and the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society (“museum”)   The church was a beautiful venue for this occasion.  The reception was warm, inviting and friendly.  The pastries were yummy.  Your hospitality was gracious.  Thank you Ildiko Peller, the ladies of the parish, the Altar Guild and Victor Peller.
  • Fr. Antal for staying after saying mass to open the program with a prayer
  • Erika Chmielewski for being the mistress of ceremonies – you did a terrific job!
  • Kis Magyar Korus, under the direction of Zoltan Tamasy, and Miklos Peller accompanying both them and St. Emeric’s choir in their beautiful musical contributions.  It was truly inspiring to hear.
  • 14-es cserkesz csapat for their participation.
  • Marika Megyimori for not only reciting one of the poems during the commemoration but for being my right-hand VP in the planning
  • Edina Leitgeb for stepping in the last minute to recite the poem that Istvan Hargitai was to deliver but due to illness, could not (hope you are doing better Istvan !)
  • Bandi Lazar, on behalf of the museum, and Imre Bogardy, for putting together the stirring exhibits
  • to the EME/UHS board members for helping where help was needed – Sanyi Varga, kis Marika Megyimori, Andrea Lazar
  • to the attendees at the farewell dinner for Dr. Csak – John & Edith Lauer, Eva Szabo, Ted Horvath, Pista & Zsuzsa Szappanos, the two Megyimori Marikas and our Fulbright visiting professor, Dr. Rita Gardosi
  • Zoltan Mestrits and Ernie Mihaly for showing the Csak entourage the Hungarian Cultural Garden
  • the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society (“museum”) who sponsored Dr. Csak’s flight
  • Ari & Bandi Lazar of the Kapossy Radio, for promoting the event
  • Bocskai Radio for promoting the commemoration and recording it for posterity
  • Misi Horvath for taking pictures and posting them on the scouts website


Last but in no way least – to all 150+ of you who attended
Éljen a magyar szabadság, éljen a haza!
Valeria M. Ratoni-Nagy,
president UHS