Dedication of North America's first monument to "Heaven's Brigade"
The memorial honoring the Heavenly 100 and all who are fighting for Ukrainian nationhood and sovereignty is an announcement to the world of the radiant memory and eternal honor that is bestowed upon the heroes of the Revolution of Dignity.
By: St. Andrew UOC-KP
Dedication of the Monument to “Heaven’s Brigade” and all those who gave their lives for a free and sovereign Ukraine.
Bloomingdale, Illinois. September 19-20, 2015
Saint Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Kyiv Patriarchate.
300 E. Army Trail Rd. Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Contact: John A. Jaresko, and Lida Truchly
Tel: (630) 202-5331 (773) 871-8765
“ The Heaven’s Brigade Monument being built in Bloomingdale, Illinois, has the potential to serve as an important avenue through which these people might be honored and recognized for their service. I had the opportunity to visit a similar memorial built on the Maidan Square in Kyiv and was truly touched by the sacrifice and struggle that it represented. Thank you for your work on this important monument.
…It would send a strong message to President Putin that the Ukrainian people will never be cowed into submission…
Sincerely, John McCain – United States Senate
Excerpt from original letter
On the occasion of the pastoral visit of the His Holiness, Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine, Filaret, a solemn celebration and dedication of a monument to “Heaven’s Brigade and Ukrainian Heroes, designed by Treasured Artist of Ukraine Yevhen Prokopov and architect Orest Baranyk will take place on the church grounds and the Hilton, Indian Lakes, 250 W. Schick Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
September 19, 2015, 7:00 pm. A jubilee concert by the world renowned Canadian Bandurist Cappella. Ukrainian national costumed ensemble of male singers playing the ancient national instrument, The Bandura. Concert $25 adults $15 children. Ivan Truchly Auditorium, 300 E. Army Trail Rd. Bloomingdale, IL 60108
September 20, 2015, 1:00 pm. Dedication of the monument to the “Heaven’s Brigade”and Ukrainian Heroes, also known as “The Heavenly 100”. Expected attendees; Chicago clergy of various confessions, High-ranking delegations representing the Ukrainian government, Senators and Congressmen of the United States and State Government of Illinois.
September 20, 2015, 3:30 pm. A Banquet and concert celebrating the 45 anniversary of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be held. Tickets for banquet $100. Banquet will be held at Hilton Indian Lakes, 250 W. Schick Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Yevhen Prokopov, Artist, Sculptor
ABOUT THE ARTIST OF THE MONUMENT TO THE “HEAVEN’S BRIGADE”
The works of Treasured Artist of Ukraine, Yevhen Prokopov are found in 30 museums throughout the world. His monumental scale works are located in Ukraine, Germany Taiwan and The United States of America. Over the last few decades he has had over 20 one-man exhibitions. In 2005 an artwork of Prokopov’s sold at Sotheby’s Auction. His works are in private collections in Ukraine Russia, The United States of America, Israel, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. He has been awarded numerous national and professional prizes and honors. Reproductions, in print, of his sculptures are found in specialized art publications, art history journals and books for art lovers throughout the world.
In the Artists own words
“Меморіал на честь Небесної Сотні та всіх борців за державність України покликаний проголошувати світлу пам’ять загиблим і вічну славу героям Революціі Гідності. Пам’ятник, що буде встановлено в місті Bloomingdale, Il USA, звучатиме камертоном трагічних подій в Україні. Символ страждань та надії дзеркальний сталевий хрест, наче люстерко, тисячі разів відіб’є і з’єднає небо і землю, буття і небуття. Як нескінчена річка тече в цьому діамантовому хресті старовинний визерунок з блакиті та криці. Блакить душ загиблих героів та гідність нащадків. Духовним змістом, насичуючим меморіал є віра у невмирущу силу духу інезламну єдність українських патріотів.
Пам’ятник промовлятиме – пам’ятайте, єднайтеся і нездоланними будете.”
-- Євген Прокопов
The memorial honoring the Heavenly 100 and all who are fighting for Ukrainian nationhood and sovereignty is an announcement to the world of the radiant memory and eternal honor that is bestowed upon the heroes of the Revolution of Dignity. The monument, which will be erected in Bloomingdale Illinois, USA, will serve as an expression of the tragic events in Ukraine. The symbol of both the suffering and the hopes of the victims, a high polish stainless steel cross, is a mirror of sorts, that will endlessly reflect the unity of heaven and earth, being and non-being. Like an endless river flowing into the diamond like reflections an overlay of an ancient Ukrainian pattern (mini crosses) furthers the symbolism of transcendence. Blue is the color symbolizing the souls of the departed heroes and the dignity of future generations. The spiritual content filling the monument is faith in the power of the eternal soul, and the unbreakable unity of Ukrainian patriots. The memorial calls to us-Remember, Be Unified and you will undefeated.
--Yevhen Prokopov, Artist of the Memorial
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