Remarks by Caroline Kennedy

President Kennedy believed that one man of courage makes a majority. Viktor Yushchenko embodies that belief for a new generation. In the face of corruption, intimidation and life threatening danger, he remained true to the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

Viktor Yushchenko's resolute courage, and faith in the Ukrainian people inspired them to insist on their own right to self determination.

Together, President Yushchenko, the Ukrainian judiciary and the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who supported the Orange Revolution, transformed their government from a corrupt and criminal regime, to a democratic, pluralistic administration committed to human rights, economic opportunity and international cooperation.

His courage has inspired citizens of the world. For those of us who are free - he has reminded us that we can never take our freedom for granted, and for people with no voice in their own government, President Yushchenko and the Ukrainian people have given them hope.

We are honored to present President Viktor Yushchenko with the 2005 Profile in Courage Award.

Remarks by Caroline Kennedy, President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, on presenting the Silver Lantern to Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko at the 2005 Profile in Courage Award Ceremony, April 5, 2005.