On November 7, in the framework of the working visit to the United States, President's wife Maryna Poroshenko delivered a speech at the opening of the Memorial to Victims of Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933 in Washington.
The event was attended by hundreds of Ukrainians from all over the United States, witnesses of Holodomor, cultural and public figures.
Maryna Poroshenko noted: "Not only are we opening the Memorial to Victims of Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933, but we are also commemorating every martyr, every victim, every soul. This monument is a resurrection of our national memory. I want this monument to be a warning of crimes against humanity all over the world".
President Petro Poroshenko delivered a video address to the attendees. The Head of State noted that the Memorial in Washington was being opened when Ukraine was defending its independence and Kremlin was trying to wipe Ukraine off the map again, as in times of Holodomor. The Head of State expressed gratitude to the President and Government of the United States and to the friendly American people for their solidarity.
President of the United States Barack Obama also delivered a video address. Former U.S. President George Bush, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as congressmen and senators submitted written statements.
Particularly, Hillary Clinton noted that the monument was an evidence of friendly ties between Ukraine and USA. "It is also a recognition of those who struggle for the future of their country. The duty of the U.S. is to stand together to help the Ukrainian government defend its sovereignty and support democratic institutions".
In his statement, Congressman Levin said: "Telling the truth, one can defeat those who deny it". Congresswoman Kaptur added: "It is impossible to defeat a nation, which refused to kneel".
Maryna Poroshenko thanked the Ukrainian world community for tremendous efforts on the restoration of justice and recognition of the Ukrainian genocide. "I am also grateful to the American people for their support, condolences and condemnation of those who committed a crime against the Ukrainian nation - both a century ago and today," the President's wife said. Maryna Poroshenko also expressed gratitude to author of the Memorial Larysa Kurylas for a creative embodiment of historical truth.
Memorial to Victims of Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933 is a 9-meter monument in the form of a massive bronze field of ears. It is located near the building of the Congress, next to the Central Station (Union Station), where millions of people arrive every year visiting Washington.