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Jun 19, 2009, 9:43:04 PM6/19/09
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On June 27, 1964, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated the
monument to the prominent Ukrainian bard Taras Shevchenko. On June 27, 2009
the Embassy of Ukraine will host festive events to mark the monument's 45th

When Taras Shevchenko and American actor Ira Aldridge met in St. Petersburg
150 years ago, they were attracted to one another as fighters against
oppression and for freedom in the United States and in Ukraine. Today the
two nations enjoy freedom and cooperation in full measure. It is also
symbolic that the Ukrainian bard highly regarded President George Washington
as the father of the American nation and an example for democratic rulers in
Ukraine, this conviction being immortalized in his poem carved on the side
of the monument.

The tentative schedule of speakers and events includes:

Reverend Fathers' ecumenical prayer
A music piece by Ukrainian Church Choir (maybe Ukraine's and US National
Ambassador of Ukraine
Representative from the Ukrainian-American community
White House
State Department
City Mayor's Office
National Park Service
National Mall and Memorial Parks

A choir, a bandura player, and children reciting poems (lyrics by Taras
Shevchenko) will perform in between the dignitaries' speeches.

The entire event will take about 40 minutes.

Saturday, June 27
11:00 am

22nd & "P" Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC
(In the event of rainy weather, the event will be hosted by the Church of
the Pilgrims, just across the street from the monument.)

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