Each year, UCCA solemnly commemorates the Holodomor Genocide of 1932-1933 – one of the darkest pages of our people’s history. Marking the solemn anniversary of the Holodomor remains an essential component to educating our youth and raising awareness of Stalin’s Famine-Genocide of Ukrainians.
On Saturday, November 27, 2021, the Ukrainian American community commemorated the 88th anniversary of Ukraine’s Holodomor Famine-Genocide of 1932–1933 with a solemn requiem service in New York City, with the participation of the Most Reverend Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, their Eminences, Metropolitan Anthony and Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, the Most Reverend Bishop Paul Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, H.E. Amb. Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, H.E. Amb. Sergiy Kyslytysa, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, and Oleksiy Holubov, Consul General of Ukraine in New York.
The Ukrainian Chorus “Dumka,” under the direction of maestro Vasyl Hrechynsky, provided the sung responses during the traditional Ukrainian Memorial Service – the Panakhyda – as well as the entrance hymn at the start of the commemoration, during which a Ukrainian American Veteran (UAV) Color Guard processed through the nave, led by New Jersey State Commander Michael Hrycak, along with fellow flagbearers Andrew Hadzewycz and Nicholas Skirka, respectively.