Happy Independence Day, Ukraine
On August 24, 1991, the government of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic defied Moscow and issued a declaration of independence. The modern free state of Ukraine was born!
It hasn't been easy, these past twenty-one years. Ukraine and her people still have far to go, and a lot stacked against them. But after growing up all my childhood hearing adults toast "Free Ukraine" as a heart-rendingly unattainable ideal, I am proud today of my Ukrainian brothers and sisters. The last time the country was a sovereign state for more than an unstable year or two was back in the seventeenth century, in the time of the Cossack Hetmanate.
This is the image that Google Ukraine posted today. Storks are a typical Ukrainian folk theme.