The Holodomor Committee has released details of the National Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor which will take place in London on 22 November.

A commemorative programme in Westminster Central Hall, beginning promptly at 13.00, will be followed by Evensong at Westminster Abbey and a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial to the innocent victims of violence, oppression and war.

Though the finer ponts of the programme are still being finalised, the timings on the day will generally be:

12.00: doors open at Westminster Central Hall. Exhibition in the foyer.  Photographs from the Holodomor will be projected in the Hall itself;

12.45: everyone seated;

13.00: start of programme;
14.00: minutes’ silence (to coincide with the the minutes’ silence in Kyiv)
14.20: end of Central Hall programme.

14.25: procession across to Westminster Abbey led by the Ambassador of Ukraine, AUGB President and invited VIPs;

15.00: Evensong in Westminster Abbey
16.00: procession to the memorial, led by Canon Rees of Westminster Abbey, clergy, the Ambassador, AUGB President and VIPs;

16.15: prayers and wreath-laying at the memorial
16.45: end.

The programme in Central Hall will consist of speeches, eyewitness testimonies, presentation of posthumous awards for Malcolm Muggeridge and Gareth Jones, choral music...

The Evensong service at Westminster Abbey will incorporate a special prayer for the victims of the Holodomor, while the wreath-laying ceremony will include prayers and hymns in Ukrainian.

Admission into Central Hall will be by ticket only.

The Committee is asking local Branches of the Association of Ukrainians (AUGB) to co-ordinate ticket numbers for each community.  Tickets will also be available through the AUGB website. Full details will be circulated later this week.

In its circular letter,the Committee points out that Ukraine has shown a huge commitment to uncovering the truth and campaigning for the Holodomor to be recognised as an act of genocide. President Yushchenko remains personally committed to securing world recognition for the Holodomor; historians are now able to research previously classified documents; eyewitness testimonies are being recorded... After 75 years, the truth about the horrific scale of the Holodomor is receiving the attention it deserves.

The Committee concludes that the event on 22 November will not only help to honour and preserve the memory of the millions who were forcibly starved to death in 1932-33, but it will also serve to assist the nation in raising its level of awareness and knowledge about the Holodomor - one of the worst attrocities in the history of mankind.

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