HOLODOMOR MEMORIAL UNVEILED IN ROCHDALE - UPDATED TO INCLUDE SPEECHES

Rochdale
21.11.09




A large gathering of dignitaries together with Ukrainian and other community representatives and members assembled at the Memorial Gardens in Rochdale yesterday for the official unveiling of a memorial stone commemorating victims of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine.

A Panakyda service led by Bishop Hlib Lonchyna and assisted by priests from both the Ukrainian Autocephalous and Ukrainian Catholic Churches (UAOC and UCC) preceded speeches given by: the Ambassador of Ukraine – Dr Ihor Kharchenko, the Mayor of Rochdale - Councillor Keith Swift, Paul Rowan MP (on behalf of all parliamentary parties), the Leader of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council – Councillor Alan Taylor, the Apostolic Administrator (UCC) – Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, the Rev. Bohdan Matwijczuk – UAOC, the President of the AUGB – Zenko Lastowiecki and former Director of the British Council in Lviv – Dr Svitlana Yavorska.

The Mayor of Rochdale and Ukrainian Ambassador, assisted by the AUGB President, formally unveiled the memorial stone and wreaths were laid – one by Holodomor survivor Oksana Paraszczak jointly with Rochdale’s Mayor.

During the commemoration, Irene Duchak recited a poem written by Stefan Pasizcznyk – “Land of Plenty”.

The Rochdale Friends of Lviv Committee chaired by Anna Kecyk were the initiators and organisers of the project which was supported by the Rochdale Branch of the Association of Ukrainians headed by Volodymyr Duchak.  Both gave opening addresses. 

The memorial stone, erected in such a prestigious location in Rochdale, will serve as a reminder of the horrors inflicted on the Ukrainian nation in 1932-33 when over 7 million people were ruthlessly and systematically annihilated through forced starvation by Stalin’s Soviet regime.

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