Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ukrainian American Veterans’ activities abound

     Members of North Port’s Cpl. Roman G. Lazor Post
40 of the Ukrainian American Veterans, headed by Commander Eugene A. Tomashosky
of North Port, met last Friday at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Religious and Cultural
Center (known as the Oseredok).

    After listening to the reports of Post Adjutant Roman E. Kilar, Vice Commander and Acting Finance Officer Col. Roman Rondiak, USA (Ret.), Quartermaster Dr. George Baranowskyj, and other officers, and approving same, UAV National Commander and Post Past Commander Ihor W. Hron spoke about the activities and most current decisions made by the UAV National Executive Board. He spoke at length about the UAV National Monument to honor all veterans of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that will be erected on the grounds of St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Cemetery in Bound Brook, N.J.

    The site for the monument has been donated by the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America and was formally consecrated last year. At this time it is prudent to re-emphasize the fundraising activity to pay all expenses for the monument and landscaping. N.C. Hron stated that he and other members of the NEB have developed a plan that will be activated very soon, but not later than at the next 67th UAV National Convention, which will be held Oct. 2-5 in Cleveland, Ohio. NC Hron believes that the monument will be erected by the end of next year.

    Commander Tomashosky then followed up with other activities of our post in the foreseeable future.

    PPC and UAV National Service Officer/Chaplain Marian Bojsiuk spoke about the traditional pre-Memorial Day ceremony at Venice Memorial Gardens on May 23. The formal ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., but Post 40 members (summer uniform, black scarfs) should assemble at the cemetery at 10:30 a.m.

    As in the previous years, “Panakhydas” (brief solemn requiem services) will be celebrated at the conclusion of Sunday’s divine liturgies (Masses)
on May 25 at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Church, St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in North Port, and in Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in St. Petersburg. Members should assemble at least a half-hour before the start of liturgy. Uniform is also summer, with black scarfs.

    Post 40 will also participate, as in the past, in the North Port Community Memorial Day observance at North Port Veterans Park, near the North Port Library, on May 26. Time of the ceremony and other details will be communicated to members at a later date.

    After all agenda items have been satisfied, Commander Tomashosky welcomed two guests and potential members of Post 40, and asked them to introduce themselves. The Rev. Roman Badiak spoke about his experience in the service and his professional career
as a lawyer and priest. Oleh Sawkiw also shared his experience in the service and his career as a CPA. Both guests were warmly welcomed.

    The next membership meeting will take place at 3 p.m. June 6 at the Oseredok. The formal photograph for
the UAV Convention Journal will be taken at the next meeting, therefore, all members are being asked to wear the summer uniform with blue scarfs.

    Atanas Kobryn covers the Ukrainian community for the North Port Sun. He can be emailed at 


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