(Pictured, from left to right; front row; back row) Nikolas Michaliszyn, Sofia Michaliszyn, Ihor Dekajlo, Stanislav Tsyalkovsky, Solomia Boutcha, Sara Mariya Tsyalkovska, Olha Pyszczymuka; Peter Zapryluk, Iryna Boutcha-Kovalska, Stepan Kunitski, Sylvia A. Cabana, Laura A. Gillen, Anna Caputo, Nataliya Blidy, Bruce A. Blakeman
The raising of the Ukrainian flag in commemoration of the 27th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence began with a ceremony on the steps of the Executive Building in Mineola, NY on August 23rd.
A representative of County Executive Office extended greeting on behalf of Honorable Laura Curren and provided the keynote address, as well as presenting the proclamation from Nassau County. The secretary of the local chapter of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Nataliya Blidy, delivered a warm greeting and spoke of Ukraine’s continuing struggle to remain a democratic nation. In attendance were many people from the neighboring Ukrainian churches — St Michael’s Orthodox and St Vladimir’s Catholic. The program ended with a singing of the Ukrainian national anthem.
The second commemoration of the day was held at the Hempstead Town Hall where Town’s Supervisor Laura Gillen spoke about the beautiful Ukrainian flag and Hempstead’s diverse nationalities. Councilman Bruce Blakeman added a delightful personal note when he shared that he recently discovered that his ancestors had emigrated to the US from Odesa, Ukraine and how he now feels even more connected to Ukrainians and their community. Receiving the proclamation of Ukrainian Independence Day were UCCA–Long Island Chapter president Stepan Kunitsky and secretary Nataliya Blidy. The program concluded with the singing of the Ukrainian national anthem.