On December 4, 2013 a groundbreaking ceremony of the Holodomor Memorial took place in Washington, DC. The ceremony was attended by over 200 people, including representatives of the U.S. Congress and State Department, National Park Service, former U.S. Ambassadors to Ukraine, Ambassadors accredited to the U.S., Ukraine Embassy staff, and Ukrainian American community.
The attendees of the event were addressed by Olexander Motsyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S.; Michael Sawkiw, Chairman of the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness 1932-1933; Rep. Sander Levin and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Co-chairs, Congressional Ukrainian Caucus; Ambassador Douglas Davidson, Special Envoy of the U.S. Department of State for Holocaust Issues; Bob Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks National Park Service; Anthony Fisher, Trastee of "Dmytro Firtash Foundation", Marco Mihkelson, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of Estonian Parliament; H.E. Zygimantas Pavilionis, Ambassador of Lithuania to the U.S.; H.E. Petr Gandalovič, Ambassador of Czech Republic to the U.S.; H.E. György Szapáry, Ambassador of Hungary to the U.S.
In his speech, Ambassador of Ukraine O.Motsyk emphasized: "I am sure that in the fall of 2014 Washington, DC will be enriched by a new important Memorial, symbolizing triumph of truth and justice. The monument that we’re going to erect here, in the heart of Washington, DC will warn the mankind so that such atrocities could never ever happen again in the world."
The ceremony of Blessing of Commemorative Plaque was led by His Eminence Anthony, Metropolitan and Prime Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S. and the Most Reverend Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan Archbishop of Philadelphia of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.