UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – In honor of Ukrainian Independence Day, a flag was raised earlier this morning at city hall to show the city’s continued support of the Ukrainian community.

This morning’s ceremony had a great turnout with community members coming together to honor the country of Ukraine on its Independence Day, which was first declared back in 1991 when the country first gained its freedom, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Mayor Palmieri also issued a proclamation stating that August 24th will now officially be Ukrainian Independence Day in the city of Utica as well.

Which is yet another way of showing that the people of Utica are behind the country of Ukraine, 100 percent.

“You can rest assured that everyone in our great city prays and hopes that the good lord, and whomever your lord may be, bestows the independence, the freedom, and the fact that the bridges will be once again open for freedom and independence for Ukrainians,” said Palmieri.

And Zyn Jackiw of St. Volodymyr’s Church in Utica reminded the crowd that most of the current Ukrainian population in Utica are here today because they, too, were once refugees, who settled in Utica after the Second World War.

“After the Second World War, Utica was very accommodating, very open, very helpful, when our parents moved here,” said Jackiw, “And I’m sure the new incoming generation also feels the same.”