June 5, 2020

Ukrainian American Veterans honor deceased comrades


Joanne Labiak

Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak during the panakhyda at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

JENKINTOWN, Pa. – Memorial Day has been set aside to remember all those who served honorably in the preservation of our liberties and have passed on to eternal memory. Ukrainian American Veterans Post 1 annually commemorates the day.

This year, it was an honor to have had Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak, Bishop Andriy Rabiy, the Rev. Roman Pitula and Deacon Volodymyr Radko offer the Memorial Day panakhyda at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Jenkintown, Pa., for those veterans who have passed.

Flags of the United States and Ukraine, and the Ukrainian American Veterans’ colors.

The Rev. Protopriest Taras Naumenko of the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Vladimir offered a panakhyda honoring those veterans buried at Oakland Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Due to the unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, all participants followed the guidelines of social distancing and wore masks.

Flags had previously been placed on the graves of veterans. UAV Post 1 Commander Edward Zetick read the names of those veterans who had died in the previous year as well as the new additions to the post’s memorial plaque. The plaque with its updates can be viewed at the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown, where UAV Post 1 is located.


John R. Hill is adjutant of Ukrainian American Veterans Post 1.