REMEMBERING THE FOUNDING FATHERS

16.07.16


The founders of the Wolverhampton Branch of the Ukrainian Youth Association dedicated the name of the Branch to the Proclamation of Ukraine’s Independence, 30th of June 1941. 

On the 16 July, at the site of the World War II POW and Displaced Camp 71 in the Shropshire village of Sherriffhales a remembrance service was held in honour of first generation Ukrainians who were stationed there as well as in the nearby camp 151b of Bobbington. 

The service was led by Rev. Aleksandr Lisovskij and was attended by members of Wolverhampton’s Ukrainian community and our hosts, Mr and Mrs Stuart and Rebecca Johnson and Mr Johnson senior.

During his sermon, Fr. Lisovskij spoke about the struggles endured by Ukrainians before they became displaced persons on the site of this and all other similar camps across the world.  He also reflected on how Ukrainians continue to suffer during the current conflict in Eastern Ukraine and how the nation’s spirit of freedom refuses to be broken. 

The co-organiser of the event, Mychajlo Fedyk, thanked everybody for their presence and underlined the significance of the day’s commemoration. Excerpts of former UYA founder and Chairman Mychailo Tytko’s account, detailing the beginnings of the Wolverhampton UYA branch were read out. 

Younger members of the UYA sang “Oy u luzi” (“Oh in the meadow”) and “Ukraine, thou art my prayer”. 

On behalf of all present an embroidered Ukrainian cushion and flowers were presented to the hosts in appreciation of their time and contribution to the day.

Glory to Ukraine – Glory to the Heroes!

Mychajlo Fedyk
Chairman UYA Wolverhampton



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