ISSUE 33 - SPECIAL EDITION - DECEMBER 20, 2019
Dear Friends, Colleagues,  Friends of Ukraine and Friends of the Foundation:

We at the US-Ukraine Foundation are grateful for the support we have received throughout this very challenging year in US-Ukraine Relations.   The Foundation is a strong, bi-partisan voice in support of US-Ukraine relations, providing information, briefings, including recommendations developed by the Friends of Ukraine Network to Members of Congress, government wide policy makers  as well as to the general public. Challenges are often paired with opportunities. With continued strong support for our work, the Foundation's efforts will take advantage of  opportunities presented.

Christmas  and this holiday season is about many things for different people. However, there is one thing we all have in common and that is about being with family and friends.

Yet, for many both here in the US and in Ukraine, some will not be able to join their families for this special season of joy and hope.

Those serving in the US military and the military of Ukraine, are brothers in arms, each in their own way defending our freedoms and western values.

Th is shared history of these 'brothers in arms," dates back to our war of Independence and continues to the present. People of Ukraine or their descendants have served, and are serving, in the US military and in all US peacekeeping missions.
      "Ukraine Will Overcome!"
 
            "Believe in Ukraine"
In honor of the service of all those in uniform, I share this poem.  Though written for the US  sol dier including Ukrainian American soldiers, it is nevertheless applicable to the soldiers of Ukraine's military.  
A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS 
by Michael Marks
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
my daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep
in perfect contentment, or so it would seem.
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eye when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

click here for the rest of the poem
T he 2019 White House ornament according to the official "product description" accompanying the ornament notes this year's ornament honors Dwight D. Eisenhower. It symbolizes President Eisenhower's commitment to innovation. Eisenhower was the first president to fly in a helicopter while in office in July 1957, and thereafter the helicopter became a feature of White House life.

2019 White House Christmas Ornament
Ukrainian-born Igor Sikorsky invented today's helicopter.
President Eisenhower

President Trump
President Trump like Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy , Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43 and Obama before him, rides Ukrainian American Sikorsky's helicopters.  

Perhaps the next time President Trump rides Marine One he might be reminded of the contributions made by the people of Ukraine and their descendants to US Security.
My best wishes for your Happy Holidays, a  Blessed Christmas and  Happy Hanukkah...

Warm regards,

Nadia 
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