17080Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA Calls To Mark 80th Anniversary of Genocidal Holodomor in Ukraine
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Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA Calls To Mark 80th Anniversary of
Genocidal Holodomor in Ukraine
31 October 2012
The Consistory Office of Public Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox
Church of the USA published a press release on ‘March of Remembrance’ in
New York City, Ecumenical Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to kick-off
80th Anniversary Commemoration of the Genocide in Ukraine.
The Consistory Office reported with reference to U.S. Committee for
Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness 1932-33 that in the autumn of
2012, Ukrainians throughout the world will begin a yearlong
commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Ukraine’s Genocide of
1932-1933, when up to ten million innocent victims were starved to death
due to a deliberate Soviet policy designed to crush the nationally
conscious Ukrainian peasantry. Two relevant factors make the 80th
anniversary a unique opportunity to commemorate this event. First,
documents previously held secret have been declassified and released and
relate the genocidal nature of the famine. And, secondly, survivors and
eyewitnesses who can provide a human-interest aspect to this story of
the famine are still alive and prepared to tell their stories.
On Saturday, November 17, 2012, thousands of Ukrainian Americans will
march in New York’s borough of Manhattan under banners proclaiming
“Ukraine Remembers – The World Recognizes!” and “Holodomor - Genocide in
Ukraine: 1932-1933,” thus commencing a year-long tribute to the victims
of the Ukrainian Holodomor of 1932-1933. The March of Remembrance will
begin at St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church promptly at 10:30am and
conclude at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where a solemn ecumenical requiem
service will follow at 1pm. Previous March of Remembrances have been
held in New York and other cities in the United States to raise
awareness of the Ukrainian Holodomor within the American society.
Throughout the procession route, participants in the March of
Remembrance will distribute brochures, which provide a brief overview
and history of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933. Communities
participating in the March of Remembrance are requested to bring signs
and placards promoting recognition of the Ukrainian Holodomor.
The purpose of the March of Remembrance is to promote knowledge of the
Holodomor and to share this knowledge with others. “During the March of
Remembrance, we will remember the millions who died, and vow to do
whatever we can to prevent such an atrocity from ever happening again.
It is the first event in an effort to tell the story of the Ukrainians
who perished during the Genocide of 1932-1933,” stated Tamara Olexy,
President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA).
The March of Remembrance and the ecumenical service at St. Patrick’s
Cathedral indicate the need for increased awareness of this seemingly
unknown tragedy perpetrated by the Soviet regime. With thousands packing
the pews in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, invited speakers to the memorial
service include representatives from the United Nations, as well as U.S.
and Ukrainian government officials. The hierarchs and clergy of the
Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic Churches will con-celebrate the solemn
requiem service, while the “Dumka” Chorus of New York will sing the
Michael Sawkiw, Jr., Chairman of the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian
Holodomor-Genocide Awareness 1932-33, also commented on continuous plans
for “conferences and exhibits, and developing curricula for high schools
and colleges to educate the world about the Holodomor, which are being
proposed throughout the 80th commemorative year. We also hope to
dedicate a Memorial in 2013 to the innocent victims of the Ukrainian
Genocide of 1932-1933 – on federal land in Washington, D.C.” Additional
information will be forthcoming about future activities and events.