This year marks the
76 anniversary of the Welles Declaration
The Welles Declaration was issued on July 23, 1940 by the then Acting U.S. Secretary of State Sumner Welles. The declaration condemned the occupation of the Baltic countries and the illegal annexation by the Soviet Union, and would remain U.S. policy for the next fifty years. This year JBANC, along with members of the Baltic-American community and representatives of the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian embassies, commemorated the day by paying a visit to the Welles grave site in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, DC.