Eternal Flame

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Eternal Flame Changed Its Ideology Feb 20, 2017
The monument to the heroes who fell for the independence and freedom of Ukraine stands in Pokrovsky Park opposite Assumption Cathedral. It was transformed from the former Soviet monument that had been unveiled on November 6, 1957 as the monument to the fighters of the October revolution of 1917.

The composition of the monument includes a small funeral urn of red polished granite, installed on a low pedestal. The urn is covered with a lowered revolutionary flag made of bronze. The inscription in golden letters was in Ukrainian. It read, “On the day of 40th anniversary of Great October Revolution to those who gave their lives for the Soviet power."

On April 12, 1958, during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Communist Party of Ukraine, the Eternal Flame was lit at the foot of that monument. People started calling that memorial simply The Eternal Flame.

On May 9, 2015, the local Civic Guard activists decided to introduce a modern correction to the content of the monument. They replaced the old Communist plaque in honor of the October Revolution fighters with a new one that read, "To the heroes who fell for the independence and freedom of Ukraine".

The bronze revolutionary flag on the urn was painted as the national flag of Ukraine. The Eternal Flame had been switched off long ago. So, if you came here without knowing about the Communist past of this unusual monument, you would not have guessed it was meant to be a big Communist symbol.

Thus, the Eternal Flame became the monument to the heroes who had fallen for the independence and freedom of Ukraine. Within the framework of the law on the removal of Communist symbols, this monument would have to be dismantled in 2016, but not now. It must be the city's only Communist times memorial that was transformed into a Ukrainian national monument. I accepted it as such when I was there, and I must say I was surprised to find out about its Communist past...

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