Triumph of Liberty Conference & Gala Dinner

Truth • Justice • Memory

November 14, 2018
Washington, D.C.

One hundred years ago, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe declared their independence amid collapsing empires. A generation of Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Poles, and others from the region set out to determine their own future and enjoyed independence until the Nazis and Soviet communists conspired in 1939 to invade and then occupy their homelands. In the 1980s, Europe’s Captive Nations led the dismantling of the Soviet Union, and are once again free, prosperous, and vital members of the Free World. Today, the past and future meet as the former bloodlands have become a testing ground for the West’s commitment to truth, freedom, and peace in the 21st century. Join us as we gather to remember the victims, celebrate the heroes, and commit ourselves to confronting revisionist powers and to defending the independence of freedom-loving people.

Keynote

General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.)
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005-2007)
 
General Peter Pace retired from active duty on October 1, 2007, after more than 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. General Pace was sworn in as sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sep. 30, 2005. Click here for full biography.

Honoring

His Excellency Valdas Adamkus, Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Recipient
Former President of Lithuania
 
Valdas Adamkus fought as a Lithuanian partisan, worked as an engineer, and served twice as president of Lithuania. During World War II, Adamkus fought with the partisans against Soviet rule, published an underground newspaper during the Nazi occupation, and then resumed the fight against the returning Soviet army. Click here for full biography.
Her Excellency Sandra Kalniete, MEP, Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Recipient
Member of the European Parliament for Latvia
 
Sandra Kalniete is a Latvian politician, author, diplomat and independence movement leader. She served as Foreign Minister of Latvia from 2002-2004 and as European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries in 2004. Click here for full biography.
Tunne Kelam, MEP, Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Recipient
Member of the European Parliament for Estonia
 
Tunne Kelam is an Estonian politician and Member of the European Parliament from Estonia. In 1972, Kelam prepared a memorandum to the UN on behalf of two underground citizens’ groups, which asked for assistance to end Soviet occupation and organize free elections. Click here for full biography.