On Sunday, 4 May, the Ukrainian community in Seattle, WA officially welcomed the International Holodomor Remembrance Flame from Canada to the United States.

In a moving ceremony attended by Rep. Jim McDermott (Democrat from the 7th congressional district of Washington), Ambassadors of Ukraine to the United States, Canada, and the Holy See, and the presidents of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America joined the nearly 300 local Ukrainian Americans, many of which were young students and Plast youth, gathered at the University of Washington to witness the transfer of the torch.

The Torch’s journey through the US culminated in a ‘walk against genocide’ event on 27 May, when the torch was taken to Manhattan from Liberty Island, which received extensive coverage in the US media and on Ukrainian Channel 5’s ‘Voice of America’ news programme.

View video of TV coverage on Youtube

The US’s ambitious commemoration programme is working towards the erection and unveiling of a Holodomor memorial in Washington towards the end of the year.

More information on Holodomor commemorations in the USA

Stefan Horlatsch passes the torch from Canada to the US

The torch in Parma, Ohio - photo by Dick Russ