At 3 PM His Eminence Archbishop Yurij, Very Rev. Pawlo Berezniak, the Choir, parishioners and friends from Detroit and Windsor assembled at the gravesite in the Windsor Memorial Gardens Cemetery to bless the newly-installed headstone marking the final resting place of Maestro Eugene Ciura, Choir Director at St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral for over 30 years, a long-time member of the Ukrainian Bandurist Choir, extaordinary Bandura teacher and music director. The legacy of Maestro Ciura will be remembered always.
In the St. Vladimir's Cathedral at 6 PM a Memorial Pankhyda celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Yurij, Very Rev. Pawlo Berezniak, over 100 parishioners and friends, accompanied by the Bandurists Choir paid fitting tribute to the memory of Maestro Eugene Ciura.
Following the Panakhyda, the Tribute Banquet and Special Concert by the Bandurists was held in the St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Cultural Centre. About 200 participants enjoyed programme of music and tributes, viewing of a Special Tribute DVD creatively produced by parishioner David Salusny, and the keynote speaker Petro Kytasty, one of the original Detroit Bandurists.
Archbishop Yurij spoke eloquently on the importance of remembering the contributions of those early "guardians of the spirit of Ukraine" through music. The legacy of Maestro Ciura will continue and he will be remembered always.