Issue No. 30 - Special Issue - Happy Thanksgiving
November 27, 2019
The Prayer at Valley Forge by Arnold Friberg
Holodomor Monument Washington, DC
Happy Thanksgiving!
As Ukrainian-Americans, on the fourth Thursday of November we celebrate Thanksgiving in gratitude for the freedom and many blessings we enjoy as citizens of the United States.

According to his estate, Mount Vernon (, "George Washington and Thanksgiving"), George Washington issued his  Thanksgiving proclamation o n October 3, 1789...designating for  “the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving” to be held on “Thursday, the 26th day of November 1789," marking the first national celebration of a holiday that has become commonplace in today’s households. George Washington knew the value of a thanksgiving day long before becoming our first president.

During  the Revolutionary Wa r, he would order special thanksgiving services for his troops after successful battles, as well as publicly endorse efforts by the Continental Congress to proclaim days of thanks, usually in recognition of military victories and alliances.

On that first day of thanksgiving, Washington attended services at  St. Paul's Chapel  in New York City, and donated beer and food to imprisoned debtors in the city.
Let Us Never Forget,
Holodomor 1932-33
On the fourth Saturday of November, Ukrainians all over the world commemorate the Holodomor of 1932 and 1933. Millions and millions died a very painful death by forced starvation, due to Stalin's policy to eliminate the "Ukrainian problem".. 

Americans join us Ukrainian-Americans, not only to bow our heads in solidarity in memory of those who perished but to pledge our resolve that this crime of the Kremlin to eradicate Ukraine is not forgotten and will not be allowed to happen again.

The people of Ukraine are fighting to preserve not only their freedom but also our western values. Let us not abandon them today as we did in 1932 and 1933.

As you may have read, Mr. Victor Rudd states that, "Supporting Ukraine is the safest...most effective strategy to stymie accelerating Russian aggression, including its contemptuous subversion of America. Ukraine has had a democratic and civic tradition that Russia never enjoyed, Ukraine produced Europe’s first constitution for a representative democracy, preceding Philadelphia by 77 years. It harbors a sense of individualism and a drive toward civil society that any American would recognize."

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