Members of the Ukrainian Youth Association in Great Britain attended Zeleni Svyata and Svyato Heroyiv, on Sunday, at our National Headquarters "Tarasivka" in Derbyshire.
Zeleni Svyata, organised by the Ukrainian Information Service, serves as a profound tribute to all the brave individuals who have fearlessly laid down their lives, fighting for the ideals of freedom, democracy, and Ukraine's independence and in particular those valiant heroes who are currently defending Ukraine.
The day commenced with a Divine Liturgy at the Chapel of Saints Volodymyr & Olha led by Bishop Kenneth and the clergy of The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Great Britain. Following the liturgy, a procession was formed to Mohyla, where a heartfelt Panakhyda (memorial service) and wreath-laying ceremony took place, symbolizing eternal remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. After a short reflection break, a Programme of Remembrance was held in the hall.
Members of the National Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Youth Association and local branches including Coventry, Stockport, Wolverhampton, Derby, Nottingham, and Rochdale were in attendance among the distinguished guests from various organisations and members of the Ukrainian community, who joined us in solidarity and support for Ukraine.
Notable attendees included Minister Counsellor Eduard Fesko from the Embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom, representatives of AUGB (Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain), the Association of Ukrainian Women in Great Britain, and esteemed local figures such as the mayor of Derby and Members of Parliament Amanda Solloway and Pauline Latham OBE.
During the wreath-laying ceremony, members of the Ukrainian Youth Association placed portraits of the seven fallen CYM members from Ukraine who bravely gave their lives in defence of Ukraine since 2014. This tribute embodied the unwavering spirit and sacrifice of our heroes and served as a poignant reminder of their immense courage.
MP Pauline Latham OBE delivered heartfelt remarks, shedding light on the war's profound impact on children in Ukraine and emphasising the importance of not forgetting those who have been captured and abducted. Such words echo the UK’s commitment to stand with Ukraine during these trying times.
Svyato Heroyiv serves as a powerful testament to the unity, resilience, and unwavering support of the Ukrainian Youth Association in Great Britain and the broader Ukrainian community in the UK.