On the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation observed in Ukraine on May 8, the Embassy of Ukraine participated in the 71st Anniversary of V-E Day Observance in Washington, DC.
The high honor of being a part of the ceremony was given to Ukraine to recognize its tremendous contribution to the joint victory of the Allied Powers over Nazism as well as to commemorate millions of Ukrainians, both military and civilians, who gave up their lives to restore international peace and security.
Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA Valeriy Chaly along with designated persons of the United States, including representatives of all US military and paramilitary corps, NGO's and WWII veterans laid the wreathes at the Freedom Wall of the National World War II Memorial. Ukrainian blue and yellow wreath symbolized Ukraine's solidarity with the United States as well as the tribute to everyone who had defended Ukraine and the whole world in the armed forces, guerrilla groups and national resistance movements in Ukraine and far beyond its borders. Among these heroes are Ukrainian Olexy Berest who raised the flag of victory over Reichstag in Berlin and US citizen of Ukrainian descent Michael Strank who raised the US flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
A special salute at the ceremony was offered to men and women of the armed forces who had lost their lives while serving in the ongoing war against terrorism.
On behalf of Ukraine the V-E Day Observance at the National WWII Memorial was attended also by the defender of Ukraine Vadym Maznichenko who is currently on medical rehabilitation in the US after being severely wounded near the town Volnovakha in Ukraine (Donbas region) during the counterterrorism operation.
The V-E Observance was co-hosted by the Friends of the National WWII Memorial and the National Park Service.