The Bishop, accompanied by Protopresbyter Hryhorij Podhurec, V. Rev. Fr. Volodymyr Steliac, Pastor of St. Andrew Cathedral and Protodeacon Sviatoslav Novytsky greeted President Yushchenko and his wife Kateryna at the monument in behalf of the hierarchs, clergy and the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. His Grace Bishop Daniel was able to speak with the first lady of Ukraine Kateryna Yushchenko, who heads many charitable funds and organizations in Ukraine, to discuss our Church’s charitable work in our Ukrainian Orphanage Program.
The children of the St. Andrew Cathedral, Oles Steliac and Olenka Woloshyna presented both the President and the first lady with the bouquets of flowers. Volodymyr Semerej and Taras Iakiw, parishioners of the cathedral parish family carried the presidential basket of flowers to the monument, while the cathedral choir sang the national prayer for Ukraine, “Bozhe Velykyj”.