HACKENSACK, NJ – On Thursday, August 24th the County of Bergen hosted a ceremony in recognition of Ukrainian Independence Day in the Piazza at the One Bergen County Plaza Administration Building.

Ukrainian Independence Day is celebrated on August 24th to commemorate Ukraine’s independence from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991.

Welcome remarks were given by Ihor Dlaboha of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco, III issued a proclamation recognizing August 24th, 2023, as Ukrainian Independence Day. The proclamation was presented to Oleksii Holubov, Consul General of the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York, who also delivered remarks.

The County presented 2023 Ukrainian Independence Day Community Service Awards to Askold S. Lozynskyj, Esq., attorney and former President of the Ukrainian World Congress, and the Blue & Yellow Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to supporting those affected by the war in Ukraine through humanitarian aid.

The event featured a cultural vocal performance by Maksym Lozynskyj, who performed “Nalyvaimo”, “Brattya”, “Kryshtalevi”, “Chashi Vyrostesh Ty Synu”, and “Stand by Me”.

Photo Caption: Bergen County Commissioner Rafael Marte, Bergen County Commissioner Chairman Thomas J. Sullivan, Bergen County Commissioner Chair Pro Tempore Dr. Joan Voss, Consul General of the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York Oleksii Holubov, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton, Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco, III, and Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella stand with a proclamation of Ukrainian Independence Day.

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