WASHINGTON – Members of the Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV), Post 26 of Washington, were honored to participate and march in the U.S. annual Independence Day parade on July 4 in the nation’s capital.
The parade was sponsored by America’s Independence Day Parade Committee. Participating in the parade were various marching bands, floats and ethnic groups from across the United States who gathered to celebrate America’s 246th birthday.
The Ukrainian contingent was organized through the coordinated efforts of the staff of the Ukrainian Embassy, United Help Ukraine, the U.S./Ukraine Activist Group and Yaroslav Hetman.
UAV Post 26 provided the Color Guard for the Ukrainian contingent marching in the parade along with members of the Washington area Ukrainian community.
Also participating in the parade was Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova, as well as members of her staff.
The Post 26 Color Guard formation consisted of Darian Diachok, Askold Mosijczuk, Volodymyr Stepaniak and Bohdan Hetmansky. Leading the Color Guard formation was Post Commander Yaromyr Oryshkevych. Immediately behind the Color Guard were members of the Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble, and on either side escorting the Color Guard were members of the Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization in the U.S.
The parade began at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue at 11:45 a.m. and ended at 19th Street and Independence Avenue at 2 p.m. Countless times throughout the parade, for well over two hours, spectators from all walks of life and ethnicities could be heard shouting “Glory to Ukraine” as the Ukrainian contingent marched by. The cheers and show of support were heartfelt and uplifting for all who participated.