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Keep the Flame Alive

Remembrance Flame in Canada

The International Remembrance Flame will arrive in Canada on April 18 launching over a month of commernorative events marking the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor.

The Flame, a joint project of Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ukrainian World Congress International Coordinating Committee, will originate in Australia and travel to 33 countries worldwide in an effort to raise Holodomor awareness.

Travelling between Ukrainian embassies, the torch will be ceremoniously transferred from country to country by Ukraine's ambassadors or consular representatives following which every community will have an opportunity to organize events around the Flame.

In Canada, the torch will be delivered to Toronto by Ukrainain Ambassador to Australia, Valentyn Adomaytis, and the president of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations and chair of the International Coordinating Committee, Stefan Romaniw. It will be accepted by Dr. Ihor Ostash, Ukraine's Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Paul Grod, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Oleh Shamshur, Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States and Mr. Mykhajlo Sawkiw, president of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of Arnerica. The ceremony will take place immediately prior to the opening of the exhibit entitled "Holodomor: Genocide by Famine" at Toronto's City Hall.

Canadians will organize events titled "Keep the flame alive" designed to remember the victims of the Holodomor while ensuring that the story is transferred from generation to generation, from Holodomor survivors to the youth. Commemorative programs will emphasize the importance of sharing facts about the Holodornor with Canadians and continuing the awareness campaign going forward thus helping to ensure that similar atrocities are never repeated.

Events will also serve as the launch of a national campaign urging the Canadian government to recognize the Holodomor as an act of genocide and support Ukraine's motion for such recognition by the United Nations.

The torch will be escorted throughout Canada by Holodomor survivor Mr. Stefan Horlatseh.

The Remembrance Flame will end its journey in Ukraine in November. It will travel throughout the country during the entire month with its final stop in Kyiv for 75th anniversary commemorations.

For more on Keep the Flame Alive in your community and to confirm dates visit www.ucc.ca.

Tentative Itinerary for the Remembrance Flame in Canada

  • April 18 - Arrival of Flame in Canada, Toronto, Ontario
  • April 20 - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • April 28-29 - Regina - Saskatoon - Yorkton - North Battleford, Saskatchewan
  • April 30 - May 2 - Edmonton - Calgary, Alberta
  • May 3 - Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 4 - Flame travels to United States
  • May 22 - Flame returns to Canada via St. Catharines, Ontario
  • May 23 - Toronto, Ontario
  • May 24 - Hamilton, Ontario
  • May 25 - Montreal, Quebec
  • May 26 - Ottawa, Ontario

Source: Ukrainian Echo, March 10, 2008

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