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.

Please consider supporting this project with a donation.

Bulava Level, Donations $25,000 or more

Funded, in part, by the Shevchenko Foundation, Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Fund and the Temerty Foundation

Gold Level, Donations $10,000 to $24,999

BCU Foundation - Toronto, Ontario

Silver Level, Donations $1,000 to $9,999

Anonymous - Toronto, Ontario

Eugene & Ola Cholkan - Toronto, Ontario

Anonymous - Mississauga, Ontario

League of Ukrainian Canadians, Edmonton Branch

Nadia Luciuk - Kingston, Ontario

Anonymous, Orleans, Ontario

Lieutenant General Paul Wynnyk (Ret'd), Sherwood Park, Alberta

St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Men's Club, St. Paul, Alberta

The Ukrainian Self Reliance Association, Calgary Branch, Alberta

Ucrainica Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario

Ukrainian Canadian Benevolent Society of Edmonton, Alberta

Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Calgary

Ukrainian War Veterans Association of Canada, Toronto, Ontario

United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bronze Level, Donations $100 to $999

Albert & Olga Boykiw, Calgary, Alberta

Peter & Mary Charuk, Calgary, Alberta

Alexandra Chyczij - Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Andrey Cybulsky - Montreal, Quebec

Anonymous - Morristown, New Jersey

Luba Fedorkiw - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Jaroslaw & Olya Grod - Etobicoke, Ontario

Anonymous - Vancouver, British Columbia

Natalia Harasymiw - Edmonton, Alberta

Anonymous - Calgary, Alberta

Anonymous - Calgary, Alberta

Petro Jacyk Education Foundation, Mississauga, Ontario

Professor Lubomyr Luciuk, Kingston, Ontario

Andrea Malysh, Vernon, British Columbia

Jim Maclean - Toronto, Ontario

North Winnipeg Credit Union Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba

Tony Pidkalenko - Stratford, Ontario

George & Suzanne Popadynec - Gloucester, Ontario

Michael & Katherine Pyniansky, Angus-Borden, Ontario

Gregory Mursky - Mequon, Wisconsin

Alexandra Sawchuk - St. Catharines, Ontario

Dr. Amil Shapka - St. Paul, Alberta

Dr. Ihor Stebelsky, Windsor, Ontario

Borys & Donna Sydoruk - Calgary, Alberta

Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Vernon Branch, British Columbia

Jerry Woloschuk - Dundas, Ontario

Roman & Irene Zakaluzny, Calgary, Alberta

Supporter Level, Donations Up to $99

Anonymous - California, USA

Irena Bell - Ottawa, Ontario

Vera and George Kap, Akron, Ohio

Victoria Karpiak - Ottawa, Ontario

Anonymous - Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia

Vera Malanczyj - Toronto, Ontario

Anonymous - Ottawa, Ontario

Ronald Sorobey - Ottawa, Ontario

Mykhailo Rohatynsky - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

 

GALLERY

DOCUMENTS

Heroes of Their Day: The Reminiscences of Bohdan Panchuk, 1983, edited by L.Y. Luciuk

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

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VIDEOS

Dr Lubomyr Luciuk on the 'Heroes of their Day' project, February 22, 2018, Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain

UCRDC/УКДДЦ Oral History Archive

Anne Chraplywa-Smith

 

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.

Please contact us at: office@ucrdc.org

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

У Фландрії.

 

Боротьби факел, як вигук,

Прийми з нездатних наших рук;

Тримай увись, щоб не загас.

Навіть зневірився б ти в нас,

Квітнути макам на полях

У Фландрії.

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

www.ukrainianworldcongress.org

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Remembering Heroes

The wedding of Anne Cherniawsky and Bohdan Panchuk, London, February 2, 1946