September 15, 2006

Washington, D.C. The Victims Communism Memorial Foundation has announced that Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky will be the featured speaker at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Memorial on Wednesday morning, September 27.

Members of Congress and the diplomatic corps as well as ethnic leaders and supporters of the Memorial will also attend the ceremony, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

The groundbreaking will take place at the Memorial site at the intersection of Massachusetts Ave., N.W., New Jersey Ave., N.W., and G Street, N.W., two blocks from Union Station. There will be a reception in Room HC-5 of the U.S. Capitol following the groundbreaking.

"Washington is a city of memorials and monuments to great events and great leaders," said Lee Edwards, chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. "We are proud that our Memorial featuring a bronze replica of the Goddess of Democracy erected in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and based on our own Statue of Liberty will join this distinguished list."

Founded in 1994, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is authorized under P.L. 103-199 to design, build, and maintain an international memorial to the more than one hundred million victims of communism. The non-profit educational Foundation has also begun creating a Global Virtual Museum that will serve as a link to the many institutions around the world concerned with the victims and crimes of communism.

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THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated, thank you. Welcome to the White House. I'm pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries -- the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea -- that have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program. Soon the citizens of these nations will be able to travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa. I congratulate these close friends and allies on this achievement, and I thank you for joining us here.

I also thank Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of the Homeland -- Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff for working hard to make sure this day has finally arrived. Appreciate other members of the administration here and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

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