75th Anniversary of Holodomor in Hartford, CT
On May 17, 2008 the Ukrainian-American community of the State of Connecticut gathered for a solemn commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932-1933. With the active support of Governor Rell, Senators Dodd and Lieberman, U.S. Congressional delegation from Connecticut as well as leading political leaders from throughout the state the local Ukrainian-Americans were joined by delegations from other groups who have experienced genocides in their history including the Jewish, Armenian, Cambodian, Tibetan, and Darfurian communities to remember the Ukrainian famine/genocide and to denounce all genocides.
The solemn commemoration began with an ecumenical memorial service at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, followed by a procession to the State Capitol, carrying the International Holodomor Torch, (a torch carried around the world to a variety of Ukrainian communities. The torch’s final stop was in Kyiv, Ukraine in November 2008 where it lit an eternal flame at the site of the planned memorial complex), and a special commemoration program, where the victims and survivors of the Famine were honored.
Please see the photos from the event below:
The Connecticut Holodomor Committe would like to thank His Grace Archbishop Antony (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America), Ambassador Oleh Shamshur(Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States ), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (Connecticut's 5th district), Dr. Larry DeNardis (President-Emeritus of Southern Connecticut State University), His Excellency Bishop Paul Chomnycky (Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford), Michael Sawkiw (President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America), the Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble of Connecticut for their participation in the event.