August 23, 2017. OTTAWA. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) encourages all Canadians to take part in Black Ribbon Day Commemoration events being held across the country.
These events are organized by the Central and Eastern European Council (CEEC), which represents the interests of 4 million Canadians of Central and Eastern European heritage.
In November 2009, Canada’s Parliament unanimously passed a resolution to establish an annual Canadian Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Nazi and Soviet Communist Crimes on August 23, called “Black Ribbon Day”, which coincides with the anniversary of the signing of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Nazi and Soviet Communist regimes.
“Today we remember the millions of victims of Nazi and Soviet tyranny. On August 23, 1939, the Communist Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact dividing east and central Europe between the two evil, totalitarian regimes. In commemorating Black Ribbon Day, we stand with people of conscience all over the world to ensure that the terrible crimes perpetrated by the Nazi and Soviet Communist regimes are never repeated,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the UCC. “Today, the Russian Federation wages a brutal war of aggression against Ukraine – a stark reminder that freedom and democracy must be defended.”
The UCC expresses its gratitude to the Central and Eastern European Council for their strong support of the people of Ukraine as they defend their country against Russian aggression.
For more information about Black Ribbon Day in Canada, and commemoration events in your community, please see: http://www.blackribbonday.org/
Source: Ukrainian Canadian Congress: www.ucc.ca