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Ukrainian Heritage Park

Ukrainian Heritage Park
Ribbon Cutting and Dedication
Parma, Ohio - September 24, 2011

The Ukrainian-American community and the city of Parma dedicated the Ukrainian Heritage Park on September 24, 2011. The Park is on State Road across from St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 5720 State Road. The event began with a parade and celebration in Parma's Ukrainian Village.

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Roman Fedkiw, Ukrainian Village Committee Chairman welcomed the crowd to the opening of Ukrainian Heritage Park

Roman Fedkiw, Ukrainian Village Committee Chairman


Roman Fedkiw, Ukrainian Village Committee Chairman welcomed the crowd (in English) to the opening of Ukrainian Heritage Park. Zoriana Zobniw, Secretary, then spoke in Ukrainian.

The Ukrainian American Veterans Post 24 served as Color Guard for the national anthems of the US and Ukraine.

Ukrainian American Veterans Post 24 Color Guard






His Eminence Archbishop Antoniy, Bishop of the Eastern Eparchy and President of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, USA and Fr. Michael Kulick, Cathedral Rector of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral offer an opening prayer.

Fr. Michael Kulick, Cathedral Rector of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral


His Eminence Archbishop Antoniy, Bishop of the Eastern Eparchy and President of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, USA





Zoriana Zobniw, Ukrainian Village Committee Secretary, reads a letter from Most Reverend John Bura, Apostolic Administrator of Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of St. Josaphat in Parma.




Roman Fedkiw, Ukrainian Village Committee Chairman, gave background on the new Ukrainian Heritage Park.




Parma Mayor Dean DePiero spoke at the new Ukrainian Heritage Park in Parma. Mayor DePiero called Ukrainians "the bedrock of the community."

Parma Mayor Dean DePiero

Parma Mayor Dean DePiero





Parma Mayor Dean DePiero


Then Mr. Ihor Diaczyn, President of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio, spoke in English and Ukrainian.

 Ihor Diaczyn, President of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio

Ihor Diaczyn,
President of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio






Congressman Dennis Kucinich spoke next.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich





Roman Fedkiw accepts proclamation from Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Roman Fedkiw accepts proclamation
from Congressman Dennis Kucinich



Roman Fedkiw accepts proclamation from Congressman Dennis Kucinich



Ohio State Representative Tim DeGeeter spoke next.

Ohio State Representative Tim DeGeeter

Ohio State Representative Tim DeGeeter





Roman Fedkiw with proclamation from Ohio State Representative Tim DeGeeter

Roman Fedkiw with proclamation from
Ohio State Representative Tim DeGeeter



Then Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Ohio State Representative Tim DeGeeter, Ihor Diaczyn and Roman Fedkiw assisted Parma Mayor Dean DePiero in cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Ukrainian Heritage Park in Parma.

cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Ukrainian Heritage Park in Parma


cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Ukrainian Heritage Park in Parma





cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Ukrainian Heritage Park in Parma



Before the crowds left for the St Josaphat Festival, Diana Prodan and Andrea Komichak led them in singing God Bless America.

Singing at Ukrainian Heritage Park





The support from the Churches was evident on State Rd.

St Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales


St Vladimir

St Vladimir


St Josaphat sign

St Josaphat



Enjoy these other images from the Ukrainian Heritage Park ceremony.

Ukrainian Heritage Park


Holding the ribbon for the ceremony

Holding the ribbon for the ceremony


Holding the ribbon for the ceremony


Ukrainian Clergy with Congressman Kucinich and Mayor DePiero

Ukrainian Clergy with Congressman Kucinich and Mayor DePiero


Ukraine Heritage Park ceremony


Michael Patterson in new Park

Michael Patterson in the new Park


Ukraine Heritage Park


Ukraine Heritage Park


Ukraine Heritage Park


Dick Russ and Eastern Christian Media Crew

Dick Russ and Eastern Christian Media Crew


Crows in front of St Josaphat

St Josaphat


Ukrainian Village Parade

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