Ukrainians and the Past

Nikita ZinovievMarch 6, 2022Time and Space

Every country has its history. A lot of different events happened to many people in the past. Many more will occur in the future. That is why we all need to honor previous generations.

All folks have unique holidays devoted to various events that happened in the past. The Ukrainians are not an exception.

Unfortunately, my motherland experienced difficult times in 2013-2014. As a result, we started to celebrate a special holiday, called The Day of the Heavenly Hundred, which honors the people who sacrificed their lives fighting for the freedom of our country.

The memorial day was established by the decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on February 11, 2015, in order to glorify great human, civic, and national courage and devotion, strength of spirit, and resilience of citizens, who changed the history of our state. On this day, we honor the memory of those who defended the ideals of democracy, human rights, and freedoms, the European future of Ukraine.

On February 18-20, 2014, the shooting of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred took place in the center of Kyiv. According to the prosecutor's office, a total of 2,500 people were injured during Euromaidan, and 104 of them died. Maidan Square has ceased to be the name of the place. It became a symbol of Freedom. The Revolution of Dignity became the largest protest in the recent history of Ukraine, the struggle of Ukrainian citizens for their rights and democratic choices.

The "Heavenly Hundred" is the name given to the fallen participants of the Revolution of Dignity.

The heroes of the Heavenly Hundred were people of different ages, genders, and levels of education, from different parts of Ukraine and abroad. Among them were successful entrepreneurs and retirees. The eldest, Ivan Nakonechnyi, was 83 years old, and the youngest, Nazarii Voitovych, was only 16.

Euromaidan entered the history of Ukraine as a symbol of erudition, patriotism, and heroism. It reaffirmed that, for the most important events in our history, there will be heroes willing to sacrifice their lives for the future of Ukraine as an independent democracy.

The history of each country is not always bright. However, we should never forget the moments that have changed our lives forever. By celebrating this sad event, Ukrainian people wish to honor one of the most important days in the history of our country. It is the least we can do to say thank you to people who sacrificed their lives for the future of the next generations.

Nikita Zinoviev is in ninth grade at the Logos School in Kiev, Ukraine. He is interested in the IT sphere and enjoys writing code on his computer. He is also interested in playing football, reading science books, playing computer games, and cooking.