“Stop War!” Westporters Rally On Bridge

The turnout was smaller than earlier this month. But the support for Ukraine — and for peace — was just as fervent.

The woman holding the sign and flag below is Ukrainian. Her son is still there, but her grandchildren have escaped to Poland.

(Photo/Rowene Weems Photography)

Today’s rally on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge included a wide range of ages.

(Photo/Rowene Weems Photography)

Also on the bridge: 5 Ukrainian families. This was one:

(Photo/Bean Corcoran)

Many drivers honked in appreciation, or gave thumbs-up signs.

(Photo/Rowene Weems Photography)

Miggs Burroughs — whose ancestors are Ukrainian — was on the bridge too. His QR code for donations worked there. “06880” readers can scan it here.

(Photo/Rowene Weems Photography)

3 responses to ““Stop War!” Westporters Rally On Bridge

  1. Jonathan Prager

    Ukraine — the land of the free and the home of the brave — has a profound and meaningful history. Ukrainians’ fight for independence has roots which go back far before the current tragedy. Ukrainians will emerge victorious and stronger than ever.

    Ukraine exemplifies and embodies American values and democratic principles every bit as much as does the United States, perhaps even mores than we currently do.

    Slava Ukraini

    SLAVA UKRAINI

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    For the song by Marcus Paus, see Slava Ukraini! (song).

    “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!” The phrase gained worldwide prominence as a result of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    The Monument of Independence in Kharkiv includes the phrase.
    “Glory to Ukraine!” (Ukrainian: Слава Україні!, romanized: Slava Ukraini!, IPA: [ˈslɑʋɐ ʊkrɐˈjin⁽ʲ⁾i] is a Ukrainian national salute, known as a symbol of Ukrainian sovereignty and resistance and as the official salute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine since 2018. It is often accompanied by the response “Glory to the heroes!” (Ukrainian: Героям слава!, romanized: Heroiam slava!).

    The phrase first appeared at the beginning of the 20th century in different variations, when it became very popular among Ukrainians during the Ukrainian War of Independence from 1917 to 1921. From the 1930s it was used by different Ukrainian nationalist groups, most notably Stepan Bandera’s Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B) and Ukrainian Insurgent Army, and it was later also used by Ukrainian diaspora groups and refugee communities in The West during the Cold War. In the Soviet Union the phrase was forbidden, and Soviet and later Russian authorities attempted to discredit it.

    The phrase resurfaced in Ukraine during the country’s struggle for independence in connection with the fall of the Soviet Union, and was used by Bill Clinton in 1995. It saw renewed use during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the Russo-Ukrainian War from 2014, when it became a popular symbol of democracy and Ukrainian independence. According to the Ukrainian Association of Football “Glory to Ukraine” is a commonly used greeting in Ukraine.

    In 2018 “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!” became the official salute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, by a decree of President Petro Poroshenko.

    It has gained worldwide prominence as a symbol of resistance during the ongoing 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, and was set to music by the Norwegian Armed Forces’ official composer Marcus Paus, who was loosely inspired by Ukraine’s national anthem. It has also been used in protests in support of Ukraine around the world. It has been used in speeches by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as well as many foreign leaders such as Ursula von der Leyen, Boris Johnson, Nancy Pelosi, Mark Rutte, Andrej Plenković and Jacinda Ardern.

  2. Thanks Dan, you are an important voice in keeping the resistance alive here & in Ukraine….more then you know

  3. Russell Antonov

    I was born in Russia but grew up here in the U.S. very disgusted by what the Russian government is doing in Ukraine. I want to let everyone know that the Russian people are against this war too.

    On another note, my family’s restaurant in NYC was vandalized 3 times in the past month. Someone spray painted “Russia go home” on our door. Our windows were broken or smashed. We received threatening phone calls and people coming in and protesting the war, disrupting business. We get called Nazis but our family escaped the Soviet Union to come here. We own a small cafe that serves ethnic Russian dishes, teas, drinks, and at times live music (before Covid). Since the war, we only get 3-5 customers a week. And our staff is mostly Ukrainian and Chinese in origin so this hurts them too.

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