by Roma Hadzewycz, The Ukrainian Weekly
Ukrainian National Association, New Jersey
October 9, 1983, No. 41, Vol. LI
WASHINGTON - Thousands of Ukrainians gathered in the shadow of the
Washington Monument on Sunday morning, October 2, to mourn those of their
kinsmen who had perished in the Great Famine of 1932-33 and to renew their
pledge to always remember and to never allow the world to forget the
holocaust inflicted upon the Ukrainian nation by the Soviet regime.
Famine Button. Washington Rally, October, 1983
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They began arriving shortly after 9 a.m. in preparation for the 10 a.m.
rally. By the time the program began, the grounds near the Sylvan Theater
were filled with a sea of placards and banners, some identifying the
hometowns of the groups in attendance or the organizations present, others
scoring the USSR for crimes against humanity such as the artificially
created famine, and still others warning the free world to beware of the
ever-present Soviet threat.
During the two-and-a-half-hour rally, the participants heard speakers -
including a representative of President Ronald Reagan and Rep. Don Ritter of
Pennsylvania - expressing sympathy for the loss of 7 million lives and
lauding the Ukrainian nation's courage and continued resistance to Soviet
As the rally progressed and buses carrying Ukrainians from throughout the
United States continued to arrive, the crowd of 6,000 tripled in size to an
estimated 18,000, according to Washington police.
The rally and the subsequent march, demonstration and memorial concert at
the Kennedy Center, were the culmination of a series of events held during
the Great Famine Memorial Week in the nation's capital.
Poster by Roxolana Armstrong
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