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AFTER WORLD WAR ONE........ THE SUFFERING CONTINUES

 A PROCLAMATION

Whereas, I approved on March 2, 1917, a Joint Resolution of the Congress of the United States of America, reading as follows:

"Whereas in the countries situated in the eastern part of Europe, the theatre of devastating war, there are at least one million of
Ruthenians, (Ukrainians) in dire need of food, clothing, and shelter; and

"Whereas hundreds of thousands of these people have been forced to abandon their homes and their property, and being deprived

of all opportunity to provide even for their most elementary wants have undergone disease, starvation, and indescribable suffering,

and

"Whereas the people of the United States of America have learned with sorrow of this terrible plight of great numbers of their fellow

beings and have most generously responded to the appeal of humanity for assistance whenever such appeal has reached them:

Therefore be it "RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED,

That in view of the wretchedness, misery, and privation which these people are enduring, the President of the United States be

respectively requested to designate and appoint a day on which the citizens of this country may give expression to their sympathy

by contribution to the now being raised for the relief of the Ruthenians (Ukrainians) in the belligerent countries,"

AND WHEREAS I feel confident that the people of the United States will be moved to aid these people stricken by war, famine

and disease;

Now, therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States, in compliance with the request of the Congress of the United

States do appoint and proclaim April 21, 1917, as a day upon which the people of the United States may make such contributions

as they feel disposed for the aid of the stricken Ruthesians (Ukrainians) in the belligerent countries.

                           

Contributions may be addressed to the American Red Cross, Washington, D.C. which will care for their proper

distribution. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States

to be affixed Done at the City of Washington this sixteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand

nine hundred and seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and forty-first.

(Signed)
WOODROW WILSON

 

Document 87..Text of the proclamation issued by President Woodrow Wilson designating April 21, 1917 "Ukrainian Day."

Over $ 85,000 was raised on this occasion for the relief of Ukrainians in the warring countries. Document shown on Page 40,

"To Preserve A Heritage"

 

"Both the Federation and the Alliance worked diligently on behalf of a nation-wide Ukrainian Day that was proclaimed

by President Woodrow Wilson for April 21, 1917. Standing on street corners throughout the United States, representatives

of the two organizations collected over eight-five-thousand dollars for Ukrainian refugee relief as a result of the proclamation."

Page 39.


"To Preserve A Heritage:

The Story of the Ukrainian Immigration in the United States"
The Ukrainian Museum
New York, New York, 1984

 


July 7, 2010

 
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