Ukrainian Community members attend State Senate Ceremony honoring Ukrainian Immigrants in Washington State
On Friday April 19th State Senators Fortunato, Padden, Ericksen, Braun, Schoesler, Honeyford, Warnick, Zeiger, Sheldon, Rivers, Short, O’Ban, Brown, Wilson, L., Walsh, Wagoner, King, Hawkins, and Hasegawa sponsored the following resolution.
Nineteen State Senators Sponsored a Resolution honoring Ukrainian Immigrants to the United States and the resolution was passed by the full Senate. Below are four members of the community appearing with Senator Ericksen and Senator Fortunato. Jacob Kasko was in attendance from Whatcom County.
WHEREAS, Ukraine is a diverse nation home to Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars, Jews, Poles, and other ethnic groups; and
WHEREAS, Washington state is now home to over 70,000 Ukrainian Americans, being the fifth-largest Ukrainian diaspora in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Many Ukrainians immigrated to Washington fleeing Soviet persecution for their beliefs, seeking personal and religious freedoms in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Ukrainian Americans living in Washington have enriched our state through their leadership and contributions in agriculture, business, academia, government, and the arts; and
WHEREAS, The Ukrainian American community shares its rich history, culture, traditions, and gastronomy with numerous events such as the Northwest Ukrainian International Festival organized by the Pacific Ukrainian Society, which is the largest Ukrainian cultural event on the West Coast; and
WHEREAS, The state of Washington supports the Ukrainian American community in its endeavors to preserve Ukrainian culture, traditions, and language for future generations who call the United States home; and
WHEREAS, The state of Washington seeks to expand its relationship with Ukraine through increased economic, cultural, and educational cooperation;
SENATE RESOLUTION 8650 By Senators Fortunato, Padden, Ericksen, Braun, Schoesler, Honeyford, Warnick, Zeiger, Sheldon, Rivers, Short, O’Ban, Brown, Wilson, L., Walsh, Wagoner, King, Hawkins, and Hasegawa
8650 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate recognize the important role Ukrainian Americans play in the civic, cultural, and economic life of Washington state, and join in the celebration of their Independence Day; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Seattle and to the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America for appropriate distribution.
I, Brad Hendrickson, Secretary of the Senate, do hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of Senate Resolution 8650, adopted by the Senate April 19, 2019
Secretary of the Senate
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