The European Parliament established this remembrance day in 2008. This day was officially observed in 2009 by countries members of the EU. This remembrance day is supported by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
August 23 was chosen to be the date of the observance to coincide with the day, when the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. In fact the two countries agreed to divide eastern Europe between themselves.
Observation of this remembrance day originates in the protests held in western cities against the Soviet crimes and occupation in the 1980s. The protests, initiated by Canadian refugees from the countries occupied by the Soviet Union, culminated in The Baltic Way demonstrations and contributed to liberation of the Baltic states.
European Day of Remembrance is also observed in the USA and Canada, but this day is known as Black Ribbon Day.Remind me with Google Calendar
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