US honored American veterans of Ukrainian origin

Source : 112 Ukraine

Meanwhile Ukraine celebrates Defender of Ukraine Day
12:41, 14 October 2015

October 3, in the town of South Bound Brook (NJ) a monument to honor American veterans of Ukrainian origin was unveiled, UaPost
The idea of the monument belongs to the members of the Ukrainian American Veterans organization, which appeared 10 years ago. However, this plan was realized only this year. About 250 people attended the official opening of the monument to Ukrainian Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces.

Among the guests of the event were the Commander of the National Union military veterans Ihor Hron, Metropolitan Anthony (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.), Metropolitan Stefan (Ukrainian Catholic Church in the U.S.), bishop Daniel (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.), Reverend fathers Yurii Sivko, Mykola Filyk, Vasyl Pasakas.

This event was timed to a new state holiday - Defender of Ukraine Day, the first celebration of which is today. The holiday replaced the former February 23's holiday called Defender of the Fatherland Day, which has its origin in the Soviet Union. 

In Kyiv a rally dedicated to the heroes and political prisoners is held. The march also dedicated to the 73rd anniversary of Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), nationalist paramilitary and later partisan army that engaged in a series of guerrilla conflicts during World War II against Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, and both Underground and Communist Poland.

These events of the Kyiv downtown are attended mainly by far-right activists, who came here to honor their nationalistic leaders - Stepan Bandera, Roman Shukhevych, Yevhen Konovalets. They also brought some posters "Ukraine and God come first", as the 14th of October has some religious origin - since the far-rights believe the Mother of God (also known as Theotokos) to be their patroness.

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