Designed by Ukrainian artist Yevgeniy Prokopov and Ukrainian architect Orest Baranyuk, the monument has been installed next to the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church and consecrated by Filaret, Patriarch of Kyiv and Whole Rus-Ukraine.
The unveiling ceremony was also attended by Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko, Consul General of Ukraine in Chicago Larysa Herasko and Governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner. His backing to the project gave US Senator John McCain, while funds for the monument have been raised by members of the Ukrainian diaspora in the US.
“The Heavenly Hundred monument in Bloomingdale, Illinois, can be an important example of recognizing and honoring the feat of these people. I had an opportunity to visit a similar memorial at the Maidan in Kiev, and I was deeply moved by the sacrifice and struggle it stands for. Thank you for your work on this important monument,” wrote the senator in his letter of congratulation.
McCain stressed that the monument would send a clear signal to Vladimir Putin that the Ukrainian people cannot be enslaved again.