"Today we have a double holiday - the Day of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Day of Defender of Ukraine. There is no surprise that these holidays come on the same date, as the Blessed Virgin Mary was the patroness of the Cossacks and exactly on this day the Ukrainian Insurgent Army was created. It is important to know and remember the fact, because the historical memory and spiritual traditions make the foundation for our army and our democratic European state," Turchynov stated, Censor.NET reports citing NSDC press center.
He also congratulates all the defenders of Ukraine, all the volunteers and those "who could not stand by and, guided by the conscience, came to protect their homeland in the most difficult times of our history. Thanks to your courage, fortitude, and sacrifice, the country held out against the aggressor, stopped it."
The NSDC secretary also stresses that on this day we recall those heroes who are no longer with us.
"Due to their immortal feat, the new generation of Ukrainian patriots will grow in a free state, and their example of love for the country will be followed. Their names will be inscribed in the glorious history of Ukraine's victories. The vocation of military, defender of the motherland is becoming one of the most popular and prestigious. No wonder, the level of society's credibility towards the military is the highest during all years of Ukraine's independence," Turchynov proclaimed.
"The valor, dignity, and courage are those traits that distinguish the real defenders of Ukraine. Congratulations! May God protect you and Ukraine!" the NSDC secretary concluded.