The Ukrainian Museum-Archives (UMA) has a three foot-wide “banquet-sized” photograph depicting 96 members of the League of American Citizens of Ukrainian Descent at the White House on June 7, 1922: a dozen priests, only seven women and seven men in U.S. military uniform. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes (later Supreme Court Chief Justice) stands in the middle. The group came to lobby for Ukraine’s independence, meeting with President Harding and testifying at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing; among them Ukrainian-born Father Filomen Tarnawsky, pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Cleveland. No one questioned his loyalty, nor that of veterans who had been on the Western front just four years prior.
Defending our country over the years
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