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Sunday, 12 January 2014 17:08

What Are Those Forget-Me-Not Pins For?

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You might have noticed Lithuanian celebrities and politicians wearing blue flower pins over the past few days. Allow us to explain what they're all about.

The pins represent forget-me-not flowers and they are meant to mark the Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania.

On January 13, 1991, armored Soviet special forces drove through peaceful crowd which gathered to protect the symbol of Lithuania’s independence - the Vilnius TV Tower. 14 innocent people died and more than 500 unarmed civilians were injured. Their supreme sacrifice cleared the path to Lithuania’s independence from the Soviet Union.

A good list of resources on these events is here.

To remember this day and to honor the victims of the Soviet crackdown, the new initiative has sprung this year which encourages Lithuanians around the world to wear a forget-me-not (myosotis), a small blue flower, in their lapels on January 13th.

Will you be wearing a Forget-Me-Not flower this remembrance day?

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