Dear All

DSC_4861About 220 loyal Hungarians came out of hibernation and gathered together this past sunny but cool Sunday at the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church, to commemorate the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. The program started with the singing of American and Hungarian anthems accompanied on the organ by Marton Tamasy. The opening prayer was said by Rev. Eva Tamasy, from the West Side Hungarian Lutheran Church. The program’s mistress of ceremonies was Hanna Szentkiralyi, a representative of the World Federation of Hungarian Veterans as well as a member of Hungarian Girl Scout Troop #34. Participants in the program included the Sunday school pupils of the First Hungarian Reformed Church, the youth group of the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church, Hungarian Girl Scout Troop 34, the “Kis Magyar Korus” (Little Hungarian Chorus) and the traditional Pap-Lelkesz-csoportSandor Petofi Hungarian verse “Nemzeti Dal” (National Song) was performed by Julian Balassy, a 5th grade student from the Cleveland Hungarian School and a member of Hungarian Boy Scout Troop #14. The guest speaker was Rev. Thomas G. Forrai, SJ, Provincial of the Hungarian Jesuit Province. Before the audience dispersed for coffee and dessert, the closing prayer was said by Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasnai of the First Hungarian Reformed Church and the Szekely Himnusz (Transylvanian anthem) was sung.

A big “koszonom” / “thank you” to all who participated as well as to the family and friends who came.

With all the young people who performed and the spring-like weather, one could not help but feel proud and hopeful for the future.

-vali ratoni-nagy
President, United Hungarian Societies


    I think everything went really well. I can’t believe we started on time. Usually, Hungarian time, is late. It was great to see so much participation from the youth. Hats off to them!! Also for memorizing all their speeches and poems by heart, was a real task! Also Fr. Forrai did a great job, and we had a good turn-out. All and all, it was a success. Good job organizing everything.

    Thanks to all who participated, to the Westside Hungarian Reformed Church who so graciously hosted the program, and to all those who came to the program. I think it was a successful program organized by the United Hungarian Societies.


    Sanyi (Varga)

    Board member – Hungarian Association
    Cleveland Hungarian Museum
    United Hungarian Societies


    Very nicely done, Vali. Congratulations.

    Eva (Szabo) President – Cleveland Hungarian Museum


    I just called to congratulate you on a wonderful event. It was terrific to see all the young Hungarian kids participating. Good job

    (translated from a phone call in Hungarian)

    Beodary Piroska (“Pirineni”)


    Dear Vali,

    Congratulations! The March 15th commemoration was truly beautiful, and to a large degree this was the case because the program itself was well planned, and the participants came from various member organizations. We need a good mix of performers and venues, and I think folks are beginning to get used to the fact that the commemorations are held at different Magyar locations.

    Great job Madame President!

    andy (Meszaros) Board of Directors – Cleveland Hungarian Museum
    District Commissioner – Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris