Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray marked the 24th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence with a flag raising ceremony at Town Hall on August 24, 2015. Murray was joined by the Long Island Chapter of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), members of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hempstead, St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Uniondale and local Ukrainians.
“The ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe makes it more important than ever to celebrate and support the sovereignty of Ukraine,” stated Murray. “I am proud to stand alongside Long Island Ukrainians to mark the nation’s 24th anniversary of independence, and to call for a peaceful resolution to the fighting that has cost the lives of thousands.”
Since fighting erupted between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatist groups last year, the United Nations estimates that more than 6,000 people have been killed. Hundreds of thousands more have been displaced.
The Town of Hempstead has hosted an independence celebration for local Ukrainians since 1991, when the nation first declared its independence from the former Soviet Union. Murray has continued that tradition each August with a flag-raising ceremony at Hempstead Town Hall, partnering with the Long Island Chapter of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, as well as St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hempstead and St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Uniondale. (Ukrainian Independence Day is April 24th).
“The Ukrainian people suffered decades of persecution, violence and death before winning independence from the former Soviet Union,” concluded Murray. “The Town of Hempstead supports peace in the region and the continued sovereignty of Ukraine.”