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Preserving memories

Preserving memories

On January 13th, Lithuania will mark the 23th anniversary of the Day of the Defenders of Freedom. On this day in 1991, unarmed Lithuania struggled for its right to be a free, independent and proud country. 14 people were killed, about 1000 were injured as the Soviet occupation army and the KGB attempted to overthrow the legitimate government of the country and to seize the Lithuanian national radio and television building, the TV tower and publishing houses. The people of Lithuania demonstrated their inner strength, they defeated the Soviet aggression and defended their freedom in the spirit of truth and…
Horrors of the Soviet terror are often missing in literature and history classrooms in American education. At least that is what one member of Conservative Teachers of America group thinks after reading a novel by Ruta Šepetys Between Shades of Gray.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 06:00

Don't forget Day of the Lithuanian National Flag!

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Yellow, green and red. Lithuania's can't get enough of these patriotic colors, best represented, of course, in the form of the Lithuanian national flag. January 1 is Flag Day and we took the occasion to look at some interesting facts about the Lithuanian national flag. If you like this infographic, share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:56

Lithuania's borders through history

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Always wanted to learn more about complicated Lithuanian history but could never find the time?
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:31

A Lithuanian-Style Thanksgiving

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The first official Thanksgiving celebrated in Lithuania was back in November 1991.
Thursday, 12 September 2013 21:23

The Dalai Lama’s 1991 Visit to Lithuania

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His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama made his first visit to Lithuania in October of 1991. I was asked to assist in planning his visit. The request was outside of my usual job responsibilities at the Parliament’s InfoBureau (Press Office).
The TV Tower in Vilnius had become the symbol of the Lithuanian struggle for freedom. On January 13, 1991, Soviet troops attempted to overthrow the Lithuanian government attempting to secede from the Soviet Union. During the attack to seize the TV Tower in Vilnius to create a media blackout, Soviet special forces killed 14 and injured over 700 unarmed Lithuanian citizens serving as human shields.
The Baltic Way helped to publicize the Baltic cause around the world, but the fight for independence was far from over. Although Lithuania soon afterwards declared its independence, the Soviet Union attempted to suppress the secession by imposing an economic blockade, diplomatic pressure and military force. Read the true story a young American’s journey to her ancestral homeland during the collapse of the Soviet Empire.

There is one song that will stand the test of time forever and ever. A song that took the frustrations and aspirations of the Baltic nations in 1989 and summed them up in a single, blood-curdling cry. A song that captured the voice of a liberation movement. A song that will be forever remembered for its moving and inspiring message, strong symbolism, and poetic lyrics.

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