Picked this up at another site, I also visited the cemetery in
question last year. As mentioned below, a number of US airmen who
fought in the 1918-20 Polish/Soviet/Ukrainian Wars are also buried
From Warsaw Voice
The renovated Eaglets' Cemetery in Lviv, the burial site of some
3,000 young Poles killed in the Polish-Ukrainian fights for control
of the city in the years 1918-1920, was officially opened June 24 in
the presence of the presidents of Poland and Ukraine. The ceremony
put an end to the diplomatic dispute which had divided the two
countries for over ten years. Over 4,000 people took part in the
opening ceremony, including representatives of the Polish
parliament, diplomats and generals representing a few countries as
well as scouts. The clergy of different denominations prayed for
lasting reconciliation between Poles and Ukrainians.
The two presidents, Aleksander Kwaniewski and Viktor Yushchenko,
also spoke of reconciliation. "Poles and Ukrainians are reaching out
to each other above history," said Kwaniewski. He added that "two
desires and two patriotisms had clashed" in the battle for Lviv.
Kwaniewski expressed his hope that Ukraine would become an EU
member and declared that Poland would support these aspirations.
Yushchenko said ukrainians should respect all those who died in "the
fratricidal Polish-Ukrainian war." He expressed hope that the memory
of Ukrainian heroes who died for Ukraine would also be honored soon
on Polish soil. Yushchenko also pointed to the contribution which
the late Pope John Paul II made to reconciliation between the two
Monuments to French infantrymen and american aviators were unveiled
during the ceremony at the Eaglets' Cemetery.
The Eaglets' Cemetery, part of the Lychakovsky Cemetery, was
destroyed after World War II when Lviv was incorporated into the
Soviet Union. Work to rebuild the cemetery began after Ukraine
gained independence in 1989, but soon gave way to conflict. The
Ukrainian authorities did not agree, for example, to inscriptions
placed on the graves concerning the heroism of the Polish soldiers.
Negotiations continued until this year and the opening of the
cemetery was the object of internal disputes within the Ukrainian
parliament and the Lviv City Council until the very last days before
the planned ceremony.