HONOURING UKRAINIAN CANADIAN VETERANS
UCCLF hallows the sacrifices and service of the thousands of Ukrainian Canadian men and women who enlisted in the armed forces of our country. In particular, we recognize those who volunteered for overseas service during the Second World War and who, in England, organized the Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen's’ Association (UCSA) and a “London Club” (at 218 Sussex Gardens, London). Some of their number- the sons, daughters and grandchildren of Canada’s Ukrainian pioneer-settlers - remained in Europe to help save Ukrainian political refugees and Displaced Persons (DPs), organizing the Central Ukrainian Relief Bureau (CURB) with the financial support of the Ukrainian Canadian Relief Fund (UCRF) and United Ukrainian American Relief Committee (UUARC).
Tens of thousands of DPs and victims of the war eventually rebuilt their lives in Canada, the USA, Australia and across Europe - the parents or grandparents of many of us - becoming a diaspora that never gave up on the cause of Ukraine’s freedom and persisted in reminding the world of the crimes against humanity and genocide perpetrated by the Soviet and Nazi occupation regimes in Ukraine. Those who saved these DPs were, as Flight Lieutenant G. R. B. Panchuk once described them, “ the heroes of their day.” Fittingly, we shall honour them with a commemorative stained glass window where these brave men and women once had their HQ. A unique project that honours those who served and those they saved.
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Heroes of Their Day: The Reminiscences of Bohdan Panchuk, 1983, edited by L.Y. Luciuk Remembering The Heroes Of Their Day An Almanac of Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen, 1939 -1945
The Almanac includes the following sections in this order:
- The names and photographs of Ukrainian Canadian servicemen, allocated among the three branches of the Armed Forces of Canada;
- Photographs of Ukrainian Canadians who were officially reported killed or missing in action;
- The Ukrainian Canadian servicemen who were wounded in action;
- A few of the Canadian women of Ukrainian descent who served with the Canadian Armed Forces;
- A partial list of Ukrainian Canadian servicemen who had been decorated for gallantry or mentioned in despatches for meritorious service in action (A few photographs are included).
The next major section contains the names of 3,830 Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen which names appeared in the official casualty lists that were periodically published by the different branches of the Canadian Armed Forces. The compilation of a complete list was not possible, due to the authors not having access to the complete statistical data.
Then follow the photographs of the three Ukrainian Catholic chaplains who served with the Canadian Army. Hon. Capt. Rev. M. Pelech and Hon. Capt. T. Dobko who served in Canada; and Hon. Capt. M. Horoshko, who had been serving overseas.
Also included is a pictorial section with some forty photographs depicting Father Horoshko's activities overseas. Supplementing these pictures are a few photographs of the Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen's Canteen in London, England. The 'Canteen' photographs show Ukrainian Canadian service personnel commemorating both Christmas and Easter according to Ukrainian customs and tradition.
These are followed by several photographs of servicemen's "get-togethers" in Belgium, especially of the convention held in Brussels in 1945.
An Almanac of Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen, 1939 -1945 An Almanac of Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen, 1939 -1945 An Almanac of Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen, 1939 -1945 An Almanac of Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen, 1939 -1945 An Almanac of Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen, 1939 -1945
Dr Lubomyr Luciuk on the 'Heroes of their Day' project, February 22, 2018, Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain UCRDC/УКДДЦ Oral History Archive
Born in 1920, Lodewood, Man.
Served in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps
Died in 2005
Date of Interview: 1990
Interviewer: Kwitoslawa Kushnir
Length of Interview: 50 min.
Full interview can be accessed at the UCRDC.
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На Полях Фландрії - У пам'ять про загиблих вояків. Читає Оля Дейнеко
Червоний мак став всесвітньо признаним символом пам'яті про загиблих вояків. Вірш "На Полях Фландрії" (In Flanders Fields) був написаний під час Першої Світової Війни канадським лікарем, підполковником Джоном Мак-Креєм (John McCrae, 1915).
На полях Фландрії зацвів
Рядками мак поміж хрестів,
Позначив нас; На небесах
Співають жайвори весь час
За зниклими на цій землі.
Ми вже вмерці.
Днями, коли Кохали з ночі до зорі,
Теперь лежатимо в полях
Боротьби факел, як вигук,
Прийми з нездатних наших рук;
Тримай увись, щоб не загас.
Навіть зневірився б ти в нас,
Квітнути макам на полях
Переклад В. Дейнеко, 7 Травня 2016
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
John McCrae, 1915
40,000+ Ukrainians served in the Canadian military in WW2
Remarks by Capt. Andre Sochaniwsky CD, President Ukrainian War Veterans Association of Canada, Remembrance Day Ceremony, Ukrainian World Congress at 50 and Beyond: The Roadmap, Toronto, Canada, 11 November 2017.
- 0:40 Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) (Битва біля Пашендейле)
- 0:55 Battle of Vimy Ridge
- 1:05 Canadian National Vimy Memorial, France
- 1:42 Thousands of Ukrainians fought for Canada in WW1. Many died, but the Canadian government, Canadian military does not know the specific number
- 1:50 Filip Konowal (Пилип Коновал)
- 2:20 Ukrainian Sich Riflemen (Українські січові стрільці)
- 2:55 Dieppe Raid (Битва за Дьєпп) - one of the worst catastrophes in Canadian military history; approximately eighty (80) Ukrainian Canadians were killed in the fighting at Dieppe
- 3:32 Over 40,000 Ukrainian Canadians served in the Canadian military during World War Two (WW2)
Ukrainian World Congress
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