On May 28, 2022, in Chicago, USA, Ukrainian veterans will take part in the Soldier Field 10 race.
Ukrainian veterans, who are currently in rehabilitation in the United States, took part in the Soldier Field 10 race in Chicago in gratitude to the United States for their strong support of Ukraine, and in solidarity with veterans of the United States Armed Forces for freedom, democracy, and human rights around the world!
Soldier Field 10 is the annual run to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America over Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago.
This year, our team was represented by more than 60 participants, including veterans who defended the East of Ukraine in 2014-2015 - Vadym Korobenko, Bohdan Usharuk, Ruslan Popov, Taras Zabozhchuk, Vladislav Kuts.
Before the start of the race, there was a traditional transfer of the American flag, dedicated to men and women of military service. This time the flag was handed over in honor of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The flag was received by the captain of the Ukrainian team, lieutenant of the National Guard of Ukraine, who in 2014 fought in Sector M (Mariupol, Mariupol district, Telmanovsky district) commander of the rifle platoon, and commander of the combined detachment - Vadym Korobenko!
Vadym expressed his gratitude and honored the veterans of the United States Armed Forces: "Brothers and sisters from the United States! Thank you for your support and help for my homeland! At this moment, this morning, yesterday, today, and tomorrow my Ukrainian brothers and sisters are fighting for freedom and democracy all over the world. I ask you to always remember the feat of Ukrainians, I ask you to wake up and fall asleep at this difficult time with thoughts about Ukraine. Now I turn to you, our brothers and sisters in the US Armed Forces! You are heroes for your country and for us as well, and we will be together for many years. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the United States!"
As part of the Run for Ukraine project, Ukrainian veterans also met with the Ukrainian diaspora in Queveland and visited the Ukrainian school at the Cathedral of St. at. Nicholas in Chicago, that since the beginning of the full-scale war has accepted about 70 new students from Ukraine.
The project aims to support Ukraine, honor the memory of fallen soldiers, bridge veterans of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States, strengthen veteran friendships, and share heartfelt stories regarding medical treatments and means of rehabilitation for their emotional and physical recovery.
Also, before this event, as a present for our defenders with the support of the Kyiv Committee of Sisters Cities Kyiv-Chicago and Charitable Foundation "Vesna!", the musical band "Mandry" have released the video clip for the song "Anthem of the Military Run UA"!
The Run for Ukraine project organizers were the Kyiv Committee of Sisters Cities Kyiv-Chicago and the Military Run UA team - Charitable Foundation "Veterans Dozen", Charitable Foundation "Vesna!" and the Strategic Communications Department of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Among the partners and sponsors of the project are The Heritage Foundation, Selfreliance Federal Credit Union, Revived Soldiers Ukraine, "XLeum Construction" organization, and the Road Home Program at Rush.
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Glory to Ukraine!