Holodomor is not forgotten by the Ukrainian-American Community: Solemn Commemoration in New York City
On Saturday, November 16, 2019 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City Ukrainian-Americans payed tribute to the memory of Holodomor (man-made famine) victims during Solemn Genocidal Famine Remembrance Day. The community is recognizing and acknowledging Holodomor as a purposeful act of mass annihilation of a people, that occurred during the period of 1932-33 in Ukraine. It was one of the many violent and cruel crimes in the history of mankind.
United States Senator from New York Chuck Schumer during the event stated: “Stalin tried to destroy the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian spirit. But, thank God, he failed to accomplish both of the two”.
His Eminence Antony, Metropolitan and Prime Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora commented on the gravity of the Holodomor, emphasizing that it was murder by starvation: “This Holodomor occurred 86 years ago, Ukraine’s border has shifted, but the people have not changed; courage and spirituality have survived. What really can be done now after so many years? What can we, Americans of Ukrainian descent can do to commemorate this sacrifice, to somehow give meaning and dignity to those millions who suffered and died. As a society we can focus on the stories being shared by those who survived. We must be aware that such an atrocity must never be allowed to happen in any segment of the world. The victims of such atrocities as the Holodomor must be memorialized.”.
The participants of this event were fully involved in the emotions received from storiesabout how people died as a result of such cruel and inhumani crime. The international community hopes that such a tragedy will no longer be repeated in history, but today we are witnessing another Russian aggression against peaceful neighbour Ukraine.
The victims of the Holodomor will not be forgotten… Their sacrifices served as Ukraine strengthened its resolution, and the whole world became more resolute and responsive to the troubles of other nations,the world is ready to intervene if such hostility should ever resurface against any nation.
Ukrainians and Americans, despite their diverse backgrounds, must stand together, preventing such inhuman acts as the Holodomor 1932-1933. Not only Diaspora honor the victims of Holodomor, many States, many countries commemorate the inhuman tragedy, the world is kind to support friendly nation, the world is brave to help fighting for freedom and teritorial integrity of Ukraine nowadays…
This year on November 23, Ukraine commemorates Holodomor Remembrance Day to honour the Victims of the Famine of 1932-1933, a genocide of the Ukrainian people committed by the totalitarian communist regime of the USSR. Remembrance events will be held all over Ukraine and in many countries around the world. A national flag will be lowered in Ukraine and entertainment activities restricted. At 4:00 pm in every home and institution, Ukrainians light candles and join a nation-wide moment of silence.
We call on the whole civilized world community to join this action. Light a candle in memory of innocent victims, post photos of your candles on your social media pages with a hashtag: #holodomor_remember.