Video: Reagan Statue Unveiled in Budapest and Street Named for Him in Prague

Two eastern European nations last week debuted commemorations to thank former President Ronald Reagan for playing an instrumental role in freeing them from communism. I only found sparse television coverage of the two “Reagan Centennial” events in Hungary and the Czech Republic, but thought I’d share what I located since the events didn’t earn much air time.

The accompanying video first shows a brief item on Wednesday’s Special Report where FNC played some video of a life-size statue of Reagan being unveiled in Freedom Square in front of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest. Second in the video, a short item from MSNBC on Saturday morning about a block of a street in Prague getting named for Ronald Wilson Reagan.


The week of commemorations in Europe, a USAToday.com posting noted, “will wrap up on July 4 in London, where a statue of Reagan will be unveiled on Grosvenor Square, where the U.S. Embassy is located.”

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice represented Nancy Reagan at the ceremonies in Budapest and Prague.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s Facebook page has a photo from Budapest. The caption: “Hundreds gather in Budapest's Freedom Square as a statue of Ronald Reagan is unveiled during a ceremony to mark the Centennial year of his birth.”

YouTube has video from the U.S. Embassy in Budapest of remarks made by U.S. and Hungarian officials.

I found another video on YouTube capturing the comments made by the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, but sans video of the street name being uncovered -- which is in the MSNBC video.

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center