ASHTON REMEMBERS 1932-33 HOLODOMOR VICTIMS

Ashton
15.09.09



From left to right - back row: Petro Rewko, Bohdan Ratycz, Yevhen Czolij, Stefan Wolosiansky, Cllr. Wendy Brelsford, Rev. Jaroslaw Rij. Front row: Anna Kecyk, Anna Fedeczko (Chair UYA /CYM/, Ashton Branch), Anna Bolton (Chair AUW /OUZH/ Ashton Branch)

Around 70 members of the Ukrainian community in Ashton-under-Lyne attended their Cultural Centre on Stockport Road last Saturday (12 September) to witness the official unveiling and blessing of a new commemorative plaque dedicated to the millions of victims who perished during the Holodomor of 1932-33. Distinguished guests included:  Ewhen Czolij - President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), Bohdan Ratycz - Chair of the Holodomor Commemoration Committee and Wendy Brelsford - Tameside Councillor who is actively working with the community to press Metropolitan Borough Council to recognise the Holodomor as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian Nation. 

AUGB Branch Chair Stefan Wolosiansky and Secretary Petro Rewko welcomed everyone and thanked them all for giving up their time to be present at such an important and highly emotional event. 

Bohdan Ratycz addressed the community and underlined the need to maintain the Holodomor at the forefront of our work.  We need to continue to raise awareness.  Events such as this and Local Authorities acknowledging the Holodomor as a genocide can only help our cause.

Rev. Jaroslaw Rij led a service of prayer ("Panakhyda") in memory of Holodomor victims before blessing the newly erected plaque on the community centre's front wall. In a brief sermon he reiterated that we must never forget the events of 1932-33 and that the plaque will act as a permanent reminder to all who visit the centre.

In a separate address, the President of the UWC, Ewhen Czolij, pointed out the that everyone’s efforts in maintaining the memory of the Holodomor are recognised by the  World Congress of Ukrainians.  He recapped on last year's commemorations in the UK and the rest of the world.

The official cermony ended with the singing of the Ukrainian National Anthem.

Refreshments were served in the Cultural Centre's lounge area where, in more relaxed surroundings, Mr Czolij had the opportunity to explain the work and role of the Ukrainian World Congress to the community. After many conversations on various issues with members of the Ashton Community, Messrs Czolij and Ratycz bade their farewells and left everyone with a very positive and lasting impression.

The Ashton Ukrainian Community feels very proud of its achievements and its AUGB Committee felt that the day had been a great success. A spokesman speaking on behalf of the Branch said:  “We now invite all Ukrainians from near and far, that if ever in the vicinity please take a minute to pop over to visit and view a lasting memory to all those tragically lost in 1932-33.  ‘Vichna Yim Pamyat!’ (Eternal Memory!)"

Ukraine Remembers – The World Acknowledges.

AUGB Ashton-under-Lyne Branch



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