City to host flag-raising, speaking program in show of support for local Ukrainians and their nation
NASHUA — City Hall Plaza will be awash in the Ukrainian flag’s bright hues of azure blue and golden yellow for awhile tomorrow afternoon, as city officials and local residents gather in solidarity with members of Greater Nashua’s Ukrainian community.
The program, which includes the raising of the Ukrainian flag on the plaza’s community flagpole, begins at 5:30 p.m. Ukrainians are scheduled to speak briefly, and the city will distribute small, hand-held Ukrainian flags to attendees while supplies last.
Nashua “stands with members of our community who have friends and family in harm’s way in Ukraine,” Mayor Jim Donchess said of the escalating Russian invasion of the Ukraine, which continues to claim lives, injure thousands and separate families as Russian troops bomb civilian targets that include large residential complexes and hospitals.
“We hope this small show of support will comfort (local Ukrainians) and foster hope for peace and freedom in their homeland,” Donchess said.
Ukrainians officially adopted the blue-and-yellow flag in 1992, several months after the nation proclaimed its independence in August 1991.
The blue band on top represents the nation’s sky, streams and mountains, while the yellow band symbolizes Ukraine’s golden wheat fields and the richness of the earth.
Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or email@example.com.