His Grace Bishop Daniel, the Ruling hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA led the faithful of the cathedral parish family in the Sunday Divine Liturgy and the Memorial Service, remembering those that have served their homeland with dedication, honor and sacrifice. The bishop stated: “What is Memorial Day? For most of us, the observance of Memorial Day in the United States is always about those that fought and sacrificed many human necessities even their own lives to free the world from dictatorial dominance during World War II. While the United States has participated in many wars from the American Revolution, the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War and the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many men and women have answered the call to service and sacrifice through military service. We also need to recall and commemorate the millions of Americans that assisted the war efforts over the years through their skills and talents.
In countless cemeteries across the country, and in town centers, people gather to honor those who died in service to our country. Today and tomorrow, we pay tribute to them and to all those who gave their lives in defense of our nation’s liberty and freedom.