The Ukrainian Youth Association, Wolverhampton branch is named after 30th of June 1941. This name was chosen by its branch founders.
On the 16th July 2016, in the Shropshire village of Sheriffhales, a remembrance service was held in honour of our parents, branch founders and other nationals. With the help of the allied forces, our branch founders, were stationed in World War II POW and Displaced Camp (71) Sherriffhales and also Camp (151b) Bobbington.
The service was led by Rev. Fr. Aleksandr Lisovskij and attended by the Ukr community of Wolverhampton, its respective chairs and our hosts Mr and Mrs Stuart and Rebecca Johnson and Mr Johnson senior.
Rev. Fr. A. Lisovskij, in his sermon, spoke of the struggles that were endured by ukrainians before they found themselves as displaced people in this camp and other camps across the world. He also reflected on how ukrainians still endure, in current conflicts in Eastern Ukraine, and that the spirit for freedom within the Ukrainian nation, would not be beaten.
The co-organiser of the event, druh Mychajlo Fedyk, thanked everybody for their presence and reminded them of the significance of the days gathering. Excerpts were read from druh Mychailo Tytko’s historical account, in which he detailed the formation of the W-ton UYA branch.
UYA yunastvo sang “Oy u luzi” (Oh in the meadow) and “Ukraine thou art my prayer.”
On behalf of all present, an embroidered Ukrainian cushion and flowers were presented to our hosts, in thanks and appreciation of their time and contribution to the day.
Glory to Ukraine – Glory to the Heroes!
Druh Mychajlo Fedyk
CYM Wolverhampton Branch