The celebration started with national Anthems of both countries, followed by opening remarks of Ambassador of Ukraine Oksana Makarova, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), former US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried, President of USUBC Morgan Williams, and other distinguished guests.

In her presentation, Ambassador Oksana Markarova offered a minute of silence to honor all heroes who gave their lives for Ukrainian Freedom and territorial integrity. She also thanked everybody who remains on the frontlines to protect Ukraine’s Independence today.

In the picture: Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA Oksana Markarova. Photo by Ukraine House.

This event featured several exhibits, including a live presentation of Ukrainian national costumes and photo exhibits “Homestead”, "Treti Pivni" (Third Roosters) as well as  fashion show of Collections by Ukrainian designers Foberini and Roksolana Bogutska, music and national Ukrainian cuisine.

In the picture: “Homestead” - a series of educational posts about Ukrainian life in the late 19th - early 20th century. Ukrainians from diaspora and Ukraine took part in this project to recreate old ways of living by wearing authentic Ukrainian clothing in traditional Ukrainian homes. Photo by USUBC.

In his welcoming remarks President of USUBC Morgan Williams said that U.S.-Ukraine Business Council is very happy to remain partner of the Ukrainian Embassy in organizing Ukraine’s Independence Day reception in Washington. “Number 1 priority for Ukraine has to be building strong economy and transparent business climate,” Mr. Williams said.

In the picture: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH); President of USUBC Morgan Williams.
Photo by USUBC.