The march held on the Independence Day of Ukraine, Aug. 24, is a very important event aimed at uniting Ukrainians and praising soldiers who are currently at war in the east of the country.
"I have attended the march after all. ... But once I have left the house and saw a lot of vyshyvankas [national embroidered shirts - ed.] and flags on the streets, I realized how important these events were... It is a celebration of unity ... We all came to this parade to pay tribute to heroes, soldiers protecting our everyday peace and quiet… To feel that we are many, though we do not wear vyshyvankas every day and speak different languages… I was standing far from Maidan ... like many other people... The heroes, who were receiving flags from the president, could not hear our applause, but everyone was applauding... We needed it more than they did... to pay a tribute..." the journalist noted.
"The people were applauding to the detachments they stood in front of... They were calling out:"Congratulations!" and "Thank you" across the avenue... The eyes filled with tears from the start of the requiem "Plyve Kacha"... It was not inconvenient to cry in public any more... maybe it was due to the fact that almost everyone was crying... some even did it aloud...
"Besides, I realized what work on such parades and marches is the most important. It is the work of women walking with water and ammonia liquid between the rows of soldiers and military students... The president's speech was so long that these women barely had time to bring water and ammonia to the soldiers as well as spray water on backs of the guys' heads," the journalist wrote.
"I especially enjoyed today's improvised flashmob. Young people were presenting bunches of flowers to every soldier they met, who, in turn, presented separate flowers from bunches to girls and women they saw! I have also got a flower from a hero," Yulia Babych wrote.
"Happy Independence Day to my beloved country! Happy Independence Day to those who win this independence every day at the expense of their peace, health, and lives! Happy Independence Day to all those who value this independence!" the journalist summed up.