Westport Flag Flies In Lyman

A day after 1st Selectwoman Jen Tooker formalized Westport’s sister city relationship with Lyman, our town flag was delivered to the war-torn Ukrainian town.

Soon, the Lyman flag will be sent here.

Brian and Marshall Mayer — the Westport natives who founded Ukraine Aid International, and helped forge the sister city partnership — met today in Lyman with Mayor Alexander Victoravich Zuravlov and the chief of police.

‘The Westporters, and Liz Olegov of the on-the-ground organization Alex21 — provided a report of the goods and materials on the way to Lyman. They also presented the flag, which Tooker had given them in Westport.

The flag was designed for Westport’s 150th anniversary, in 1985, by native Westporter and renowned artist Miggs Burroughs. He is of Ukrainian descent.

The mayor handed them the Lyman flag, and thanked Westport for its help. In 3 weeks, the town raised $252,000 for Lyman.

Holding the Westport flag (from left): Lyman’s police chief and mayor. With the Lyman flag: Marshall Mayer, Brian Mayer, Liz Olegov.

“I am excited to build ties with America and the West — especially Westport,” he said.

“Spending time with you Americans, I realize the only way we differ is our language.”

Mayor Zuravlov then gave the Mayers and Liz a tour of the town. Among the sites: a school, recently destroyed in a missile strike.

The most recent casualty in Lyman: a school, destroyed by a Russian missile.

6 responses to “Westport Flag Flies In Lyman

  1. Incredible, heartwarming story. I have chills!!!

  2. Lawrence Zlatkin

    Thank you Brian and Marshall. You never cease to amaze me with your focus, commitment, fortitude– and courage to go so close to the front line and help.

  3. And the designer of the Westport flag happens to be of Ukrainian descent as well.

    • I will add that in to the story! Miggs Burroughs – the great artist who designed the flag, and is a Staples High graduate – is of Ukrainian descent!

  4. So awesome to see the support from Westport to UAI and the town of Lyman. Please continue to donate to this locally run relief org.

  5. Westport at its best!!!

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