Ukraine Ambassador To The United States Visits Parma, Ohio
Saturday, August 24th was a spectacularly beautiful day for a parade in Parma's Ukrainian Village to celebrate Ukrainian independence, just as it was 10 years ago in the Fall of 2009 when the Ukrainian Village neighborhood was dedicated. We were there back then to cover the event for the very first issue of the Parma Observer, so I feel a personal connection, as Ukrainian Village and the Parma Observer have grown together. The success of this neighborhood in Parma since 2009 is more than obvious, and I am proud to live in a city where dedicated people like those in Ukrainian Village demonstrate their ability to create such an attractive district.
Impressive indeed, and the former Ukraine Ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly, thought so too as he visited Parma, Ohio, to march in the parade. He served as Ambassador from July 2015 to July 2019. All citizens of Parma should be honored that someone this important finds a neighborhood in our city to be so significant. His appearance is a sign that Ukrainian Village is a vibrant and dynamic place worth living in and supporting. No wonder so many other places have tried to duplicate what is being done here. As the old saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Daniel P. McCarthy
I am the publisher of the Parma Observer. Lifetime resident of Parma for over 50 years.