CLIFTON, N.J. – About 500 people turned out to show their support for Ukraine’s 31st anniversary of its renewed independence. They gathered on the Great Lawn in Clifton, N.J., in front of city hall on August 24. The program included musical interludes, a presentation by the children of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Assumption School in Passaic, N.J., and brief speeches. All together, it was a celebration of the end of Soviet rule in Ukraine in 1991. But this Independence Day took place six months to the day after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his troops over the border to launch a full-scale war on Ukraine that has claimed thousands of lives. Millions more have fled their homes and Ukrainian cities have been laid waste by bombardments. But the day also reaffirmed Ukrainians’ resolve and Western support for their struggle. That support was made clear by speakers and in the songs sung by school children and their elders.
Ukrainian community of Clifton, N.J., celebrates 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence
By Tom Hawrylko1 Min ReadUpdated: