Every year on August 24th, Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day! This year marks the 18th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.
The history of Ukraine originated with the creation of the state of Kiev in the 9th century. After the decline of this state’s formation and disintegration into small princedoms in the 17th century, the Cossack-Hetman state was created which existed until the end of the 18th century and from then, up until the 20th century, the independent Ukrainian state did not exist.
In August, 24th, 1991, the Supreme Rada of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic proclaimed Ukraine an independent, democratic state and presented “The Certificate of Declaration of independence of Ukraine” for approval by the Ukrainian referendum on December, 1st, 1991.
On Sunday, August 23rd, on the Day of the National Flag of Ukraine, with the assistance of President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, the solemn ceremony of raising the National Flag of Ukraine took place on the Constitution square. Then, the head of the state, officials, representatives of the public of Kiev and regions put wreaths on the monuments of the poet Taras Shevchenko, the first president of Ukraine Michael Grushevsky, Duke Vladimir and hetman Bogdan Khmelnitskiy.
On Monday, August 24th, at 9 o'clock in the morning in the Sofia cathedral and in other churches, temples of the capital will hold services and worships all morning. Heads of the state, representatives of the capital power and the citizens will pray for Ukraine and its people.
At ten o'clock in the morning on Kreschatik Street, the traditional army parade will take place. The march includes divisions of all combat arms; also, tanks and self-propelled guns will be presented in a stationary exposition - from the European square to Institute Street.
Participation in military parade and in other actions will accept 17 best military musical collectives from different regions of Ukraine.
After the parade, the President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko will address to the Ukrainian people with a speech. In the evening, on the city central square there will be a celebratory concert with participation of creative collectives and stars of the Ukrainian Variety.
And, certainly, the holiday will end with an artillery salute. This is unbelievable beautiful scene and you definitely need to see this!
In preparation for this holiday, national flags have been updated on buildings in capital. A pedestrian zone on the central city street have been decorated with flowers, established missing urns and benches and repaired lighting devices. On a Maidan of Nezalezhnosti, the city authorities have prepared for citizens and visitors to Kiev a surprise – a working clock created from almost 50 thousand natural flowers. And the dial of this masterpiece reaches 19 meters! Hours will start to show an exact time since August, 23rd.
Over the Central part of Kiev, 35 units of aviation technics flew, in particular 8 helicopters, three civil planes An-225 , An-124 "Ruslan", An-148, and also planes of destroyer, assault, bombardier, prospecting, military-transport and sea aircraft aviation.
The same parades can be seen in every big city of Ukraine on this day! All the people celebrate and appreciate the freedom of their native country.
National holidays, like Independence Day of Ukraine, bring people closer, allowing them to feel a sense of participation and unity with the great Ukrainian nation. On August 24th it is better to discard routine, soar over trivial problems and celebrate this day together with your compatriots!