Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ukrainian Genocide Memorial For Nation's Capital Authorized by U.S. Congress; Annual Memorial To Be Held At St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York

Ukrainian Genocide Memorial Authorized by Congress

On Friday, September 29, 2006, the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent HR562, a resolution authorizing the Government of Ukraine to construct, in the Nation's Capital, a monument to the victims of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933. The longtime effort of the Ukrainian American community led by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and its Washington, D.C. office, the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS), has come to a successful conclusion. To read the details, please click here.


73rd Observance of Ukraine’s Genocide to be held at St. Patrick's Cathedral

On Saturday, November 18th the annual commemorative observance of Ukraine’s Genocide will take place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Sponsored by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the now traditional observance, which begins at 2:00PM, will include an ecumenical memorial service (panakhyda) co-celebrated by the hierarchy of the Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox Churches, with the participation of The Dumka Choir of New York City.

Following the religious portion of the commemoration, government officials will be afforded an opportunity to offer their remarks. Invited guest speakers include the Honorable Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations; U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Oleh Shamshur. The UCCA has also appealed to President George W. Bush to offer a statement in honor of the 73rd anniversary of Ukraine’s Genocide that will be read at the commemoration.

The entire Ukrainian American community of the greater New York metropolitan area is invited and urged to participate in this solemn ecumenical observance of the 73rd anniversary of Ukraine’s Genocide.


Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Victims of Communism Memorial Takes Place in Washington, DC

On September 27, 2006, an historic event took place in Washington, D.C. Members and official guests of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the monument to over 100 millions victims of communism. The monument is located on the highly traveled intersection of Massachusetts/New Jersey Avenues and G Street, N.W., across from the Georgetown Law Center and within view of the U.S. Capitol. The monument’s design is a 10-foot bronze replica of the "Goddess of Democracy" statue erected by Chinese students in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and based on our own Statue of Liberty. Among the distinguished guests at the ceremony were Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOCMF); Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky; Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA); Ambassadors of Ukraine, Lithuania, the Czech republic; Bulgaria, the Republic of China (Taiwan), as well as many representatives from various countries. To read more about the groundbreaking ceremony, please click here.


For more information on the murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, please see On An Overgrown Path and The Guardian newspaper.

Young famine victim of the Holodomor.

Photo credit: Famine-Genocide in Ukraine, 1932-1933: Western Archives, Testimonies and New Research; Edited by Wsevolod W. Isajiw. - Toronto: Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre, Toronto, 2003. With thanks.


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