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One World Day 2011 in Cleveland Cultural Gardens
August 28, 2011

The 64th annual One World Day celebration was held in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Sunday August 28, 2011.

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The day began with the rededication of the Lesya Ukrainka statue in the Ukrainian Garden

Lesya Ukrainka statue in Cleveland Ukrainian Cultural Garden

Lesya Ukrainka statue in Cleveland Ukrainian Cultural Garden


Before the ceremony began, free guided trolley tours of the Cultural Gardens were narrated by Mary Hamlin.

Mary Hamlin on Lolley the Trolley

Mary Hamlin on Lolly the Trolley


Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation President Paul Burik welcomed the crowd to the 64th One World Day and the rededication of the Lesya Ukrainka statue in the Ukrainian Garden.

Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation President Paul Burik

Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation President Paul Burik


Paul then introduced TV reporter Dick Russ who served as Master of Ceremonies of the One World Day event.




Dick Russ

Dick Russ


In traditional Ukrainian style, the event began with the presentation of bread and salt as Pryvit was performed by the Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers

Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers

Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers enter the Garden


Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers



Julianna Komichak - Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers

Julianna Komichak presented the bread


See more of the Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers on One World Day


The rededication of the Lesya Ukrainka statue took place next. Follow the links below for photos and videos of the ribbon cutting, blessing, poems, speeches and information on the statue and Ukrainian literature and culture.

Lesya Ukrainka Statue Rededication
Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Blessing of the Statue
Most Reverend John Bura DD and other Clergy

The Ukrainian Identity by Ihor Diaczun
President of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio

Ribbon cutting on Lesya Ukrainka statue
Women from the Ukrainian National Women's League of America

Origins of the Statue of Lesya Ukrainka
Ukrainian National Women's League of America President Marianna Zajac

Lesya Ukrainka's significance in Ukrainian literature
Mary Hovanec, Professor of History at Cuyahoga Community College

Lesya Ukrainka poems 'Rondo' and 'Contra Spem Spero'
recited by Christina Skabyk


MC Dick Russ introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and then Ward 8 City Councilman Jeffrey Johnson.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at One World Day 2011

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson





Ward 8 City Councilman Jeffrey Johnson

Ward 8 City Councilman Jeffrey Johnson

Steve Petras, Chair of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs,

Steve Petras, Chair of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs




Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Paul Burik read a proclamation for the Ukrainian Cultural Garden from University Circle Inc. and presented it to Dozia Krislaty, Ukrainian Cultural Garden Committee Chair and President of Branch 8 of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America.




Paul Burik and Dozia Krislaty

Paul Burik and Dozia Krislaty


Cleveland Cultural Garden Executive Secretary Mary Hamlin spoke about the 'Message of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.'

Cleveland Cultural Garden Executive Secretary Mary Hamlin

Mary Hamlin





Cleveland Cultural Garden Executive Secretary Mary Hamlin



Dozia Krislaty shows Congressman Dennis Kucinich the statue of Lesya Ukrainka

Dozia Krislaty showed Congressman Dennis Kucinich
the statue of Lesya Ukrainka before he spoke.



Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich


Lucky raffle winner Ingrida Bublys with Mary Hamlin, Anda Cook and Sheila Crawford

Lucky raffle winner Ingrida Bublys with Mary Hamlin,
Sheila Crawford and Anda Cook



The photos and videos from the 2011 One World Day continue on the next pages. Just follow the links below.

Congratulations to Anda Cook and her committee on a tremendous One World Day. One World Day was presented by the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation in partnership with Cleveland Council of World Affairs and ClevelandPeople.Com.



One World Day 2011 - Page 1 (this page)

One World Day 2011 - Page 2 - Entertainment

One World Day 2011 - Page 3 - Parade of Flags

One World Day 2011 - Page 4 - Naturalization of New Citizens

One World Day 2011 - Page 5 - Faces in the Crowd

One World Day Parade Dance/Preparation in Syrian Garden

Lesya Ukrainka Statue Rededication in the Ukrainian Cultural Garden

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