In Vienna (Austria) plastuns arranged the November Disruption (Lystopadovyy Zryv) 2016
In order to build the future, we need to remember the past. After all, during this difficult time for our nation, we are once again in a situation from a century ago, when our land was in the center of the fight between two powerful civilizations, where we must again fight for our place under the sun. Honor and loyalty are the main principles of chivalry of the Sitch Riflemen, who subsequently formed the Ukrainian Galician Army. They didn’t betray their oath and continued the desperate battle, being completely surrounded. The Sitch Riflemen gave their country the most valuable thing - their lives, but did not betray their oath. For us, this should be an example of loyalty to the Ukrainian nation and work for the benefit of the Motherland.
This year the November Disruption began on the territory of the University of BOKU (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien), which Andriy Melnyk attended. He was the colonel of UNR, commandant of UVO, and the conductor of OUN. From there the youth went through the old Vienna, where, according to the legend their job was to find the documents, tickets and money, to be able traveling further to Lviv and obtain such an important and symbolic victory for our nation.
Vienna became one of the central cities for the fight of the Ukrainian nation for its freedom. After all, history reaches even earlier times, when Cossacks protected Vienna from the Turkish invasions. In return for their courage and support, a monument was built in Türkenschanzpark for our knights, where the exciting field game began for the younger youth.
The legend of the field game says that the participants of both age categories came to Lviv, namely, the territory of the Ukrainian embassy in Austria, where the older “Riflemen” received passports of the West Ukrainian National Republic. During the official opening ceremony, the Ukrainian flag was raised, a speech was recited by the Extraordinary Authorized Ambassador of Ukraine in Austria, Oleksandr Shcherba. Then, the participants visited the Döblinger Friedhof – a cemetery, where the prominent Ukrainian social, political, and cultural activists rest. Some of them are: Andriy Zhuk, Leo Witoszynskyj, Borys Yaminskyy, and other Ukrainian compatriots.
Next to the main memorial of the fallen soldiers in World War I, a burial service took place, and a wreath was laid for our soldiers, after which the rest of our brothers were honored. In the evening, the participants watched the film “Legion. Chronicle Ukrainian Galician Army 1918-1919” and the Commemoration Worship in Church of St. Barbara on Postgasse, 4. At the closure all volunteers came to sing famous authentic Riflemen songs in the circle of plastuns, because while the song is heard, we still remember our ancestors’ victories, which protected our borders with their own lives and set us a good example to follow today.
Translation: Sofia Shyprykevych