Bronze Statue to Honor Victims of Communism

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Byline: Tarron Lively, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The construction of a memorial to honor millions of people killed by communist regimes will begin this week, after years of fundraising difficulties and downsized plans.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednesday morning at the memorial's site near the U.S. Capitol, said officials for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which led the memorial campaign.

The memorial is a 10-foot bronze replica of the Democracy statue created by student activists in China, then destroyed by the communist government's tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

"Washington is the perfect city because it's full of great monuments and memorials," said Lee Edwards, foundation chairman. "We're proud that our memorial will join the list. We've been working toward this for more than 10 years."

The statue, modeled after the Statue of Liberty, will have an inscription on the front pedestal that will read: "To the more than one hundred million victims of communism and to those who love liberty."

The back pedestal will read: "To the freedom and independence of all captive nations and peoples."

Founded in 1994, the foundation honors the estimated 100 million people killed by communist regimes. …