The event, co-organized by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, is scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. Friday, outside of Arlington County government headquarters, at 2100 Clarendon Blvd in Courthouse.
“During the event, members of the Arlington County Board will offer remarks, the County’s Honor Guard will raise the flag of Ukraine, and the national anthems of both the United States and Ukraine will be performed,” the county noted in a media advisory.
In a press release today, the county noted some of the work undertaken by the association to support Ukraine since the start of the conflict. The western Ukrainian city of Ivano-Frankivsk is one of Arlington’s five sister cities.
The press release is below.
Feb. 24 marks the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the effects of the invasion profoundly impacting the Ukrainian people and the international community. Over the past year, Ukrainians have remained resilient and strong as they continue their fight for freedom against tremendous odds.
Ukraine has held its defense and resisted Russian influence with unwavering support from the U.S. and the international community. Arlington County is proud to be part of that community as we maintained a show of support and solidarity for Ukraine and Arlington’s sister city, Ivano-Frankivsk.
“As we recognize one year of conflict in Ukraine, Arlington proudly continues to stand with the people of Ukraine and our sister city, Ivano-Frankivsk. We applaud the resiliency, courage, and strength the people of Ukraine have shown the world in their struggle for democracy,” said County Board Vice-Chair Libby Garvey. “Many people in Ukraine today are living under unimaginable conditions as they fight for their freedom against the aggression and cruelty of another nation. The free world cannot let such aggression and cruelty stand, so, in many ways, they are fighting for all of us. On this one-year anniversary, we hope the people of Ukraine are heartened by the support they continue to receive from around the world, including here in Arlington.”
About Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
Ivano-Frankivsk, renamed in 1962 in honor of Ukrainian poet and writer Ivan Franko, has become one of Ukraine’s most innovative and modern cities. Arlington and Ivano-Frankivsk share several similarities including a population of approximately 230,000 residents and a size of 26 square miles (67 km²) and 32 square miles (83 km²), respectively. Much like Arlington, Ivano-Frankivsk has made major efforts to ensure that streets and public spaces are open, inviting, and accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
Arlington and Ivano-Frankivsk were formally declared sister cities on March 4, 2011, when they signed the agreement. Since then, both communities have hosted government delegations, student exchange programs, and share information with public safety responders.
“Arlington’s response to the crisis in Ukraine is a powerful reminder to us of the importance of sister cities and the strength of the relationship between Arlington and Ivano-Frankivsk,” said Hanna Eun, Chair of the Arlington Sister City Association (ASCA)’s Board of Directors. “ASCA is an integral part of Arlington’s international community that works to provide special programming, cultural promotion, and encouraging understanding between sister cities, especially during times of conflict. Whether it be in 2014 or 2022, Arlington and the Arlington community continue to promote global awareness and international support.”
Russia’s violence reached Arlington’s sister city when missiles struck the city’s airport on March 11, 2022, severely damaging the airport’s infrastructure. Days later, Russian troops shelled Ivano-Frankivsk for the third time and the city’s airport was hit again and almost destroyed. The strike was carried out at 6:30 a.m., just after the end of the nationwide air alert.
Since the beginning of the invasion, ASCA has continued efforts in raising awareness for fundraising opportunities to aid Ukraine. “Since Russia’s war against Ukraine began…the Arlington Sister City Association’s Ivano-Frankivsk committee has been very active across the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area to support Ukraine, the Ukrainian community here, and our sister city of Ivano-Frankivsk,” said Sophia Tailor, ASCA’s Ivano-Frankivsk Committee President.
Committee members have attended local rallies and events and supported Ukrainian-owned businesses. Many members donated clothes, non-perishables, first aid kits, and childcare supplies to locations across Northern Virginia, which were then packed, labeled, and prepared for MEEST, an international shipping company that transports donations to the Polish-Ukrainian border for displaced people and refugees.
Since the Russian invasion, Arlington County has maintained a show of support for Ukraine and its sister city Ivano-Frankivsk. The Arlington County Board presented a resolution to the community on Feb. 28, 2022, stating: “In the spirit of friendship, understanding, and mutual respect of our cultures and histories, we believe it is important to speak out against unjust actions and demonstrate our support for our friends and partners.”
About Arlington Sister City Association
The Arlington Sister City Association (ASCA), established in 1991, supports and coordinates the activities of Arlington County’s sister cities, promoting the County’s international profile and creating long-lasting relationships while being committed to citizen diplomacy and cross-culture collaboration. Arlington’s five sister cities include Aachen, Germany; Reims, France; San Miguel, El Salvador; Coyoacán, Mexico; and Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.
ASCA continues to foster productive exchanges in education, commerce, culture, and the arts with the County’s sister cities, including Ivano-Frankivsk. If you are looking for ways to support the people of Ukraine, ASCA has identified trusted organizations that provide a variety of needs and services. Visit any of the websites listed below to discover more ways to support and give to Ukrainians.
- Razom Organization: Supplying humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
- Nova Ukraina: Providing medical supplies for soldiers and essential supplies, such as food and diapers, for civilians.
- Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, Inc.: Offering humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
- The International Rescue Committee (IRC): One of the principal organizations on the ground in Ukraine and managing the settlement of refugees in the U.S.
- World Central Kitchen: Feeding fleeing Ukrainians in Poland and other border nations.
Good Friday evening, Arlington. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar. 🕗 News recap The following articles were published earlier today…
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Children’s Weekday Program (CWP) is a non-profit preschool rooted in a play-based philosophy. We focus on developing a love of learning and exploration, cooperation, empathy, and independence.
Our caring and experienced educators create opportunities for children 16 months to 5 years old to play, learn, and grow in a nurturing environment of child-centered and developmentally appropriate experiences.
Initially established more than 50 years ago in South Arlington, CWP continues to be a lauded program in the Northern Virginia area. We are extremely proud to have been recognized as a Best Preschool in Northern Virginia Magazine for the last 4 years.
Located now in North Arlington at 2666 Military Road, CWP offers a part-time parents day out and preschool program with options to extend care both before and after school. We offer a supportive and inclusive school community for children and parents alike and welcome all families to join our school!
The Optimist Club of Arlington is holding its 77th annual Christmas tree sale!
This year, the tree sale will be held at the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road). The lot opens for sales on November 24th. The Optimist Club is selling small and large trees ranging from tabletop size to 10 foot tall trees! Wreaths, garland, tree stands, and White House Christmas ornaments will also be for sale.
100% of all proceeds go towards helping Arlington County youth.
For more information, please visit the Arlington Optimists website at https://optimistclubofarlingtonva.org/.
Holiday Art Show featuring artists: Peter Fitzgerald, Claire Plante, Alanna Rivera, and Suzy Scollon. At the Barcroft Community House, 800 South Buchanan St., Arlington, VA. Dec. 8 from, 2 PM to 8 PM and Dec. 9 from 10 AM to
2023 Christmas Tree Sales Begin
Saturday, December 2
Get your holiday decorating off to the right start this year! We will be selling 150 Fraser firs, freshly cut and delivered from Sparta, North Carolina.