Introduced from the podium by his First Lady, Maryna, Ukrainian Pesident Petro Poroshenko speaks about the meaning and importance of the Holodomor in his video address to those taking part in the dedication of the Holodomor Memorial in Washington.
The crowd of several thousand people participating in the Washington Holodomor Memorial dedication brought with them Ukrainian, American, Canadian and other flags and signs to the Columbus Circle in front of Union Station, where the ceremony was taking place — a block and a half from the Memorial site and a few more blocks from the U.S. Capitol building.
Congressman Sander Levin (D-Mich), who was instrumental in getting the U.S. Congress to pass legislation for the building of the Ukrainian Holodomor Memorial in Washington, addresses a memorial donors reception in the Union Station’s Columbus Room as the members of Philadelphia’s Prometheus Male Chorus listen in.
The commemorative concert at Lisner Auditorium in Washington concludes with all of the participating choruses, soloists and the audience joining in the singing of “Almighty God” (Bozhe Velykyi Yedynyi), followed by a long standing ovation and the presentation of flowers to the performers.
At the reception held to mark the opening of the Holodomor exhibit, historian Volodymyr Viatrovych (second from left) is seen with UNA officers (from left) First Vice-President Michael Koziupa, Treasurer Roma Lisovich and President Stefan Kaczaraj.