Lithuanian Americans and friends of Lithuania braved the snowstorm and on January 13 participated in a tribute run in memoria of Lithuanian citizens killed by Soviet tanks on January 13, 1991, when the Soviet army unsuccessfully tried to crash Lithuania's Independence.
Atraditional International Tribute Run of "Life and Death" is organized in Vilnius on January 12/13 every year since 1992. Lithuanian embassies, communities and friends of Lithuania across the world also join this tradition.
The Embassy of Lithuania joined the civic initiative "Memory is Alive through Testimony", undergoing in all Lithuanian schools and public institutions. The Embassy team lit the candles in the windows to remember the civilians killed by Soviet troops in 1991, and formed a Forget Me Not flower out of the lit candles, which is a sign of respect to the heroic sacrifice that the Lithuanian people demonstrated while defending Lithuanian freedom. The memorial candles symbolize life, light, justice, memory, and unity.
On 14 November, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation organized a conference and a Triumph of Liberty Gala Dinner to remember all victims of tyranny and to celebrate the heroes of liberty in Washington, DC.
A big LED sculpture entitled “Gardens” by internationally acclaimed Lithuanian American artist Ray Bartkus was officially unveiled at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia on October 9. The event and exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian statehood. The artwork will be displayed until November 9.
The Embassies of the three Baltic countries invite everyone to DuPont Circle Park on June 23 to join in celebrating Midsummer, one of the most awaited holidays of the year. Midsummer marks the longest day and the shortest night of the year, signifying the sun’s victory against night and darkness. The Midsummer celebration, which predates the arrival of Christianity in the Baltic region, is known as Joninės in Lithuania, as Jāņi in Latvia and as Jaanipäev in Estonia. The strong and enduring pagan connection to nature has influenced both ancient beliefs and the modern cultures of the Baltic people.
On 27 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated Mike Pompeo on his appointment as the new United States Secretary of State.
In the letter of congratulations, Linkevičius noted that the U.S.A. remained the key strategic ally of Lithuania in ensuring the country’s national security, developing political and economic relations, and cooperation in the field of energy security.
On April 29 the Embassy of Lithuania together with Lithuanian School of Washington participated at the International Children’s Festival organized by the Culturfied Foundation. Students, parents and teachers of Lithuanian School introduced Lithuanian traditions, culture and history to the guests of the festival. Folk dance group from Lithuanian School also performed traditional Lithuanian songs, including Sutartinės (unique Lithuanian multi-part songs). The premier festival at Ronald Reagan Center was a one-day interactive, educational event with an audience of more than 6,000 attendees.
President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė on April 4 attended the screening of the film “Ashes in the Snow” at the U.S. Capitol
On 8 March, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with leaders and representatives of the key world and U.S. Jewish organizations in Washington, D.C. In a traditional meeting at the Lithuanian Embassy the Foreign Minister discussed important issues of international and bilateral cooperation, including the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, Iran’s policy, the Middle East peace process, and the preservation of Lithuania’s Jewish heritage
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in their congratulatory messages to the people of Lithuania underlined the friendship between the two nations and called Lithuania "one of our most important partners in promoting democracy and individual freedoms."
On February 15-18 Lithuania's Ambassador to the USA Rolandas Kriščiūnas and Embassy's team celebrated the Centennial of the restoration of the state of Lithuania in Washington DC and joined Lithuanian American communities across the East Coast in their celebrations.