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News Release: Senator Mark Miloscia Awarded Ukrainian Order of Merit


September 26, 2018                                                            Contact: Logan Beck (253) 414-2736


Federal Way, WA.– How often does a local State Senator get recognized by a President from a foreign country?

On Tuesday (Sep 25th) Senator Mark Miloscia, R – Federal Way, traveled to New York City where he was personally awarded the Order of Merit Third Degree by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in front of a large audience of Ukrainian and Ukrainian American dignitiaries to include the Ukrainian UN Ambassador and the Ukrainian US Ambassador, at the Ukrainian Institute of America.

President Poroshenko took time from his busy attendance at the UN General Assembly, to honor Sen. Miloscia and other Award Merit recipients. Also in attendance with Senator Miloscia, was son Scott Miloscia and his daughter in law Minyoung Lee.

The Order of Merit Medal was presented by the Ukrainian President to Mark Miloscia for his personal contributions to promoting Ukrainian history, heritage and culture, to include his sponsorship and passing of SR8663 in May of 2017 recognizing the 84thAnniversary of the Holodomor. The Holodomor was a man–made famine caused by Joseph Stalin, which killed over 5 million men and woman in Ukraine in1932 and 33.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for my legislative efforts in the Washington State Senate,” said Sen Miloscia. “We must never forget horrific events like the Holodomor. I was honored when local Ukrainian leaders in our state asked me to sponsor this resolution. Local immigrant communities, to include the growing Ukrainian community, bring so much to our communities and we should be honoring their culture and history.”

Sen. Miloscia only learned of this ceremony over the weekend when Washington States Honorary Consul of Ukraine Valeriy Goloborodko notified him that President Poroshenko wanted to personally award him the medal while he was in NY for the UN General Assembly.

Washington State is home to the fifth largest Ukrainian-American population in the United States, and Americans with Ukrainian heritage living in Washington State have enriched the state through their leadership and contributions in agriculture, business, academia, government, and the arts.

Senator Miloscia has a long history of supporting the local immigrant communities within his district. In August, Senator Miloscia spoke at an event for the local Korean community celebrating the National Liberation Day of Korea. During this holiday, the South Koreans display their national flag in honor of being liberated from Japan in 1945.

Mark Miloscia is the current State Senator for the 30th Legislative District and is running for re-election to the State Senate in 2018.