Nottingham, UK - On Sunday, 31 October 1999, the Ukrainian Community in Nottingham commemorated the 40th anniversary of the death of Stepan Bandera, leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). That morning a requiem service was celebrated by Rev. Josaphat Leschyshyn, at which was present an honor guard of flag bearers from ObVU, OUZh, and CYM.
That evening a commemorative program was organized by the local branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB). The program was opened by Mrs Maria Semak, Chairperson of the local AUGB branch.
The first participants were local members of CYM, including podruha Natalka Kolesar, who called on all present to honour the memory of this great Ukrainian hero. Next spoke Mr Mykhailo Humeniuk, the keynote speaker, who spoke of Bandera's life and it's connection with Ukraine's struggle for freedom.
After numerous other speeches and recitations, Mrs. Semak thanked all those who took part in the evening's event. The program ended with the singing of the Ukrainian National Anthem.