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Dedication of National Ukrainian Holodomor Monument Washington, DC.

A very special and emotional weekend in Washington, DC for the unveiling and Blessing of The Ukrainian Holodomor (death by Hunger) Genocide Memorial in memory of the ~10 million Ukrainians that perished in 1932-1933 from starvation by Stalin and his Russian regime.

Two full buses from The New York Capital Region traveled to Washington, DC this past weekend to join the rest of the several thousands of Ukrainians from all over North America to witness an important part of Ukrainian History that was long hidden from the world. The beautiful bronze Holodomor Monument, designed by Larysa Kurylas, depicts a field of wheat that both projects and recedes across the Monument’s 30-foot-long bronze wall, representing the transition from harvest bounty to famine deficit.

The dedication ceremony took place at Columbus Circle where several thousands of Ukrainians dressed beautifully in Ukrainian embroidery and costumes gathered outside in the light rain proudly waving Ukrainian flags while listening to speeches from several Government officials, Holodomor survivors, Ukraine’s First Lady – Maryna Poroshenko and a video message from Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko. An emotional Memorial Service and an official Blessing of the Monument led by the Patriarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic Churches of the USA and of Ukraine followed the dedication ceremony. As the sun started to set, the thousands of Ukrainians present marched from Columbus Circle to The White House, a sea of blue and yellow flags peacefully walked through the streets that were closed off to traffic for this momentous event. Marchers sang the Ukrainian National Anthem, religious hymns, as well as Ukrainian patriotic songs once arrived at The White House.

In addition to the official dedication and Blessing, the weekend was filled with several other commemorative events including a concert titled “an Artistic Tribute” which featured several incredibly talented Ukrainian musicians and dancers that left the audience without a dry eye in the auditorium. The most emotional part of the entire weekend for me was at the concert when the wounded Ukrainian soldiers with missing limbs stood while The Ukrainian Bandura Chorus angelically sang, “Боже Великий Єдиний”. ‪#‎сльози‬

I feel so Blessed to have been part of such a historic event in Ukrainian History. My grandparents were Holodomor survivors and I vividly remember their horrific stories of witnessing people dying in front of them. I remember seeing the tears and the pain in their eyes when they retold their stories to my brother and me. This past weekend’s events were very emotional for many, but we are also very proud of the dedication of this monument as its recognition means so much to Ukraine and its history. It was wonderful to see family, old friends, make new friends and especially to teach our children about this important part of Ukrainian history that shall never be forgotten.

Thank you to the U.S Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor for organizing such an amazing event, and a very special thank you to our Capital District Ukrainian Holodomor Committee for all your efforts in organizing this flawless and fantastic trip for our local Ukrainian Community. A special thank you to Dr.Andrij Baran, Pani Elizabeth Czartorysky Baran , Pan Karpishka and PaniStephanie Gyba Karpishka for all your incredible work, much appreciated.

‪#‎ВічнаяПам‬‘ять ‪#‎СлаваУкраїні‬ ‪#‎Proud to be Ukrainian‬.

Written by: Tanya Lisnyczyj-Petroff

A special Thank You from Mark’s Angels Foundation

In August, Mark’s Angels hosted a fundraiser event at the Alex and Ani store in Saratoga, NY and we are happy to announce that we earned a total of $1,772!  This was the third year that we hosted this event and the most money we have ever raised.   

Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets, came out and shopped and/or made a donation.  For those who came out to Saratoga, we hope you had as much fun as we did shopping. Your generosity is appreciated beyond words. Next month, we will be purchasing, wrapping and delivering Christmas gifts to the children at Albany Medical Center just in time to bring some Christmas cheer to the children who will be spending the Holidays in the hospital.

Thank you all for your generous support.

Father Vasyl, Pani Dobrodijka Ilona, Lida Kulbida, Michele Ryan & Tanya Petroff


Please Save The Date for Vareniki (pierogies)
December 14-15

Let us all try the delicious Vareniky (Pierogies) made with love & according to Baba’s recipe.
Fresh and delicious Varenyky, (Pierogies) will be ready next Tuesday for $8.00 per dozen.
Ordering Information: [email protected] Please don’t forget to let us know your first & last name phone number and how many dozens you would like get. Also don’t forget to come pick up the delicious food between 11:30AM – 3:30PM on Tuesday November 17 at: 391- 2nd Street; Troy, NY 12180.
Thank you all.

Holodomor Monument in Washington, D.C.
The unveiling and dedication of the Holodomor Monument in Washington, D.C.
There will be two buses leaving the Greater Capital District area to the unveiling of the Holodomor Monument in WashingtonDC the weekend of November 6-8 2015. Either both buses will leave Friday morning or one bus will leave early Saturday morning, depending on interest. Both buses will leave for home Sunday evening. The cost of bus is $50 for adults and $25 for children to age 18, high school and college students and Ukrainian school students or Zorepad dancers. Lodging will at Westin Tysons Corners in Virginia at group rate of $89 per room per night. Rooms for up to 4 persons. Rooms orders ON YOUR OWN. More details to follow in Aug 30. For bus reservations, please call Okaana Lupe 309-4474; Elizabeth Baran 587-7738, Roman Karpishka Sr 608-6779 Mykola Fil or Myron Swidersky. First come,
First served.”
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It will go great work, if I work.
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