Veterans Day 5K honors Ukrainian soldiers in Norwalk
Over 150 people participated in this year's Veterans Day 5K run hosted by the nonprofit Blue and Yellow Ukraine on Saturday.
Blue and Yellow Ukraine first started their group in February after Russia invaded Ukraine. The group is made up of native Ukrainians who now live in Stamford and started raising money to help soldiers on the front lines get supplies.
They first began their journey by creating stuffed blue and yellow hearts and have now expended their reach and hosted their second 5K run.
One of the founders, Tetiana Kokorska told News 12 Connecticut they don't want people in Connecticut to forget about the ongoing struggle Ukrainians are facing right now.
"I don't have family members in the war right now, but I have a lot of friends who had either their husbands of somebody else in the war," she said. "They feel really supported from here because they feel like they're not alone and we can help them win the war"
They hosted the 5K to tip their hats off to American veterans, who they said paved the way for their country and how to fight for their independence.
"America has been a great example for Ukraine, how we should fight and how we should protect our country," Kokorska said.
Since April, Blue and Yellow Ukraine has sent dozens of shipments of supplies to soldiers on the frontlines.
"When we send them support, we send boots there, we send drones and night vision [goggles]," Kokorska said.
All proceeds will go toward getting more supplies to soldiers in Ukraine.
"Every single person in this world knows where Ukraine is, what Ukraine is and how strong Ukraine is being in protecting its country," added Marta Yaniv, co-founder of Blue and Yellow Ukraine.