Official greeting from US President Ronald Reagan on the 70th anniversary of the Belarusian Democratic Republic, 1988.
THE WHITE HOUSE
March 24, 1988
Warm greetings to Byelorussian Americans and to everyone marking the 70th anniversary of Byelorussian Independence. This observance salutes the determination of the people of Byelorussia to live in freedom and independence. It also pays tribute to the proud and ancient heritage you do so much to perpetuate.
I join you in commemorating the heroism of Byelorussia in the face of war and oppression through the years. The Soviets continue to persecute those who speak in defense of their religion, language, history, culture and God-given human rights.
Brave and eloquent voices still attest to Byelorussia’s unconquerable spirit; I look with you to the day when the people of Byelorussia will again be free to realize their national aspirations.
God bless you, and God bless Byelorussia.