The event was organized by the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the Bunche Library of the State Department and also featured remarks by Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink and Head of U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor Genocide Awareness 1932-33 Michael Savkiv.
Ambassador Valeriy Chaly thanked the U.S. Administration and the Congress emphasizing the importance of the U.S. support to commemorate the victims as well as to promote a cause of recognizing Holodomor as genocide against the Ukrainian people. ”Tributes to Holodomor victims that were paid across the world and in all parts of the United States throughout November testify that people will never forget about this crime against humanity and will do everything possible to prevent a tragedy of that scale from ever happening anywhere again”, the Ambassador said.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink stressed on the importance to keep remembering about Holodomor. She noted that the Memorial that was unveiled in Washington DC in early November will tell the tragic pages of the Ukrainian stories to thousands of people. She also quoted the Statement of the While House on Holodomor that calls Ukraine’s modern struggle for freedom and democracy a testament to the unbreakable spirit of its people and that it honors the memory of the many who perished under Stalin’s brutal rule.