Thought I'd share a email a family friend forwarded, amazing how the Ukraine prez denies the famine and yet globally the world has not forgotten.
November 26, 2012
On Friday, November 30, 2012, our school, along with all schools in the Edmonton Catholic district will be commemorating the second annual Holodomor Memorial Day. This recalls the genocide inflicted upon the people of Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that resulted in millions of deaths through starvation. St. Martin will also commemorate this event in a special way. Our students will not only recall the events and pray for the victims, but also in a symbolic way, get a sense of what it’s like to truly be hungry. It left a very strong impression on students and staff last year. We again, will be remembering the victims of the Holodomor as follows:
On Friday, November 30, 2012, we ask that students not bring any recess snacks, nor a regular lunch. Instead, all staff and students will take part in a “Hungry Lunch”. We ask that each child and staff member bring a lunch of only one of the following three choices:
1) A rice cake and a piece of cheese.
2) Three crackers with a piece of cheese
3) One slice of bread with or without butter
Only water will be allowed as a drink on this day. If a child requires certain nourishment during the day for medical reasons, please inform the classroom teacher with a note or through email, and we will accommodate.
Knowing this is for the duration of only one day, and that by late afternoon (afterschool), children will be able to eat as they would normally, we as your school leaders believe that the memory of the victims of Holodomor, especially the children, will be properly remembered. We hope to have 100% participation. The day will also include a formal Holodomor Memorial Day program from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
 Entrance Procession with candles and a prayer.
 Pan Podilsky to say a few words explaining the Holodomor.
 Grade 6 reads the story Enough
 Introduction of Guest Speaker
 Guest speaker – Holodomor Survivor Leonid Korowyk
 School Choir sings a song about Holodomor
 Explanation of Words to the Music Video Svicha
 Music Video Svicha by Oksana Bilozir
 Moment of Silence with Final Prayer
 Children will quietly leave. On the way out, for a recess “snack”, children will receive one piece of cracker and a medicine cup size cup of water
Children and staff are to wear dark clothes on this day (black is preferred) in honour of the victims of Holodomor
Parents, grandparents and friends are encouraged to join us. Please call if you have any questions.