Echoing numerous statements of the leaders of the Ukrainian American community, the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA emphasized that this commemoration at the UN enabled the Ukrainian American community, and the greater world community, to further inform the world about the creativity of the great Taras Shevchenko who elevated and suffered for the fundamental values that are at the core of the United Nations.
Dr. Martha Kebalo, WFUWO Main Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), said that “While the reason for the recognition of Mother Language Day is close to our hearts, this is the first year that Ukrainians are the organizers of such an event at the United Nations. [...] This event is an excellent opportunity to place in context the long history of the Ukrainian struggle for democracy and the dignity of the Ukrainian language. It is, after all, Taras Shevchenko who wrote ‘When will we greet our own George Washington at last, with the new law of righteousness?’ His words are very relevant today,” as reported by WFUWO.
In conclusion of the event, expressing his gratitude to those in attendance, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations – Ambassador Yuriy Serheiev stated: “Just a month ago, a hundred young men lost their lives on the streets of the capital of Ukraine; how ironic it is that on this day – March 27, 2014 – 100 nations recognized the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The Maydan had Nebesna Sotnia (Memory Eternal!) – here at the UN, as we celebrate the life of Taras Shevchenko – we have UN 100! Slava Ykraini! – Glory to Ukraine!”