Local Ukrainians celebrate 22 years of independence

By Matt Porter

August 26, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The city of Binghamton raised the Ukrainian flag for a day in celebration of the local Ukrainian community, which is celebrating 22 years of independence.

Mayor Matt Ryan helped raise the Ukrainian flag outside City Hall and issued a city proclamation in honor of the day.

Lubomyr Zobniw helps organize the annual event, and said it's important to remember the sacrifice of the war for independence.

"The Ukrainian Independence Day teaches us something. It teaches us that independence and democracy is hard-earned, and is precious," Zobniw said.

Natalia Czabala lives in Johnson City and said the event helps her children understand what it means to be from the Ukraine.

"Remember where we came from, where our families came from and to teach our kids that they will remember who they are, where they're coming from," Czabala said, "And they'll stay here to feel proud they are Ukrainian."

The Ukrainian flag will fly all day to honor the country's success and the local Ukrainian community living in the Southern Tier.

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