Since 2005, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has campaigned to establish October 5th as Raoul Wallenberg Day throughout the United States.
On that day in 1981, Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who disappeared in January 1945 after saving the lives of tens of thousands persecuted people during World War II, became the second person in history to be awarded Honorary U.S. Citizenship.
This year, following the initiative of the IRWF, the Raoul Wallenberg Day will be celebrated in the states of Florida, Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, and Vermont; and the city of Milwaukee. Some of the states like Connecticut or New Jersey are our long time partners, joining our initiative for the sixth time; others, like Florida and Vermont are proclaiming Raoul Wallenberg Day for the first time this year.
We are very grateful to all the governors for recognizing the importance of honoring this great hero of mankind and the values that he represents such as solidarity, human dignity, liberty, justice and civic courage.
For the full list of the states who have proclaimed Raoul Wallenberg Day so far, click here.