For the first time in history - Niagara Falls will be lit up in Yellow, Green and Red!
On February 16th one of the most famous sites in Canada will be lit up in the colours of the Lithuanian flag in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the declaration of Lithuania’s Freedom!
In 1949, freedom fighters Jonas Žemaitis-Vytautas, Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, Aleksandras Grybinas-Faustas, Vytautas Gužas-Kardas, Juozas Šibaila-Merainis, Bronius Liesis-Naktis, Leonardas Grigonis-Užpalis, Petras Bartkus-Žadgaila (names and code-names) signed the Declaration of the Independence of Lithuania on February 16th (originally declared in 1918).
This declaration was ratified as an act of law on January 12, 1999 by the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania. According to the declaration, Lithuania is a democratic republic, and its sovereign government belongs to the Lithuanian nation. Occupation by the Soviet Union contravenes this declaration and all possible means will be employed to reestablish Lithuanian Independence, a goal which all Lithuanians, living in the homeland and abroad, are invited to share.
The Seimas of Lithuania has proclaimed 2019 the year of Jonas Žemaitis-Vytautas, who had the factual role of President of Lithuania during the Freedom Wars.
The event is sponsored by the Lithuanian Embassy in Canada and the Niagara Falls Illumination Board. The Falls will be lit in yellow, green and red for 15 minutes at 10 p.m. (February 17th, 5 a.m. Lithuania time). The time may be adjusted according to weather conditions.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the collapse of communism in Europe. The Baltic Way, a living chain of human hands from Vilnius through Riga to Tallinn, found wide-spread international resonance at the time. This peaceful mass demonstration of the three Baltic nations – Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians – in 1989 was a striking reminder to the world of their existence. It was a triumph of democratic self-determination on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea.
OTTAWA. 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the infamous Hitler-Stalin Pact between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Signed on August 23, 1939, this tyrannical Alliance ultimately led to World War II and the suffering of millions. Two dictatorships found common cause in committing crimes against humanity and imposing worldwide terror and destruction on so many nations.
TORONTO - Former chessmaster, pro-democracy activist and Russian opposition leader, Garry Kasparov, will deliver the keynote address at an event marking the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Nazi-Soviet pact, known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which facilitated the start of WWII in August 1939.
On Monday, Canada turns 152 and there are plenty of events planned for this celebration in Canada. However, if by chance you find yourself in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius, you can still celebrate Canada Day at the Vilnius Town Hall Square in the heart of the Old Town.
In 1949, through the efforts of Jonas Žemaitis, a former graduate of the Military School, the Lithuanian Partisan Movement was finally united and in February he was elected the Chairman of the Presidium of the Council of the Movement of the Struggle for Freedom of Lithuania (according to the Declaration of the Council of the Movement of the Struggle for Freedom of Lithuania of 16 February 1949, after the Restoration of Independence of Lithuania, the Chairman of the Presidium held the position of the President of the Republic of Lithuania).