The National Black Ribbon Day Commemorations events, organized by the Central and Eastern European Council (CEEC), will take place in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, states Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).
“The brutal war of aggression that the Russian Federation is waging against Ukraine is a stark reminder to us all that the cause of freedom and democracy must be defended. A quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet Communism, Eastern Europe is again under threat from Russia’s imperialism and despotism,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the UCC.
The CEEC represents the interests of 4 million Canadians of Central and Eastern European heritage. In November 2009, a resolution declaring Black Ribbon Day for the victims of Nazi and Soviet Communist crimes on August 23.
Black Ribbon Day commemorates the anniversary of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, a sinister partnership treaty between Hitler's Nazi Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union that enslaved and murdered millions of people in Central and Eastern Europe.