Major anniversaries were marked this year by Ukrainians in the United States. The year began with celebrations of the centennial of the historic date, January 22, 1918, when Ukraine’s Central Rada, headed by historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky, declared independence and broke ties with Russia. The Central Rada evolved into the fundamental governing institution of the Ukrainian National Republic and established the precedent for Ukraine’s parliamentary democracy and national independence that formed the basis for national identity throughout the 20th century, as well as the declaration of independence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Marta Farion Alina Shpak of Ukraine’s Institute of National Remembrance and Bishop Benedict Aleksiychuk of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Chicago, the main speakers at Chicago’s celebration of Ukraine’s independence proclamation of January 22, 1918, are seen with Congressmen Danny Davis (left) and Mike Quigley (right). The centennial commemoration of the historic event took place on January 28. Chicago’s Ukrainian community marked the centenary with a special event on January 28 that was attended by Ukrainians and honored guests. The main speakers were Bishop Benedict Aleksiychuk of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Chicago and attorney Alina Shpak, vice-president of the Institute of National Remembrance, who traveled from… Read full this story
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