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On February 10 the Embassy of Lithuania hosted a discussion with Aistė Eidukaitytė, the leader of the project „Mission Siberia”, and Marija Čyvaitė, a Lithuanian American, and a participant of „Mission Siberia’19.“ “Mission Siberia“ organizes expeditions to the places in Russia and Kazakhstan, where Lithuanians were deported or imprisoned during the time of Soviet occupation. Aistė and Marija shared their stories from the last year expedition to Kazakhstan.
On February 9 the Embassy of Lithuania in Washington DC organized the Heritage Night at the Capital One Arena where Washington Wizards played Memphis Grizzlies. A huge crowd of Lithuanian fans cheered for Jonas Valančiūnas who is representing the Grizzlies this season.
On January 12, friends of Lithuania and diplomatic community joined Lithuanian Embassy and the Lithuanian Community in the traditional annual tribute run in Washington, DC, dedicated to the Defenders of Lithuania’s Freedom. The 13th of January marks the anniversary of when unarmed and singing Lithuania challenged the aggression of the Soviet Union. Soviet tanks killed 14 and injured around 1000 civilians who stood tall defending the Lithuanian Parliament and the main TV tower. These defenders became the symbol of Unity of the people of Lithuania and of victory in fight for Freedom. Every year a tribute run is being organized in Lithuanian cities and around the world to remember those who died and who fought for Lithuania’s freedom.
An inspiring discussion about Adolfas Ramanauskas (codename Vanagas), one of the leaders of Lithuanian Freedom Fighters and a symbol of Lithuania’s resistance against Soviet occupation took place at the Embassy on September 5. Dr. Arvydas Anušauskas, the author of the book "I am the Hawk" ("Aš esu Vanagas"), presented in details how he managed to collect small piecies of information into one story. The Soviet regime tried to erase from the memory any signs of post-World War II resistance.
Lithuania is proud of thousands of women and men, who have participated in the armed anti-Soviet resistance movement. The key motive behind the resistance was the goal to restore an independent and democratic Republic of Lithuania.
More about the book "I am the Hawk": http://arvydasanusauskas.lt/naujienos/627-adolfas-ramanauskas-codenamed-vanagas
On Friday, August 23, around 500 people joined their hands in a symbolic human chain and re-enacted a unique historical event in front of the U.S Capitol. The original "Baltic Way" took place in the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania three decades ago.
Lithuania marks June 14 as a Day of Mourning and Hope. At 3am on June 14, 1941, NKVD officers began mass arrests of Lithuanian citizens. In less than a week 18,000 people, including families with children, were deported to Siberia in sealed animal or freight wagons. Today, June 14, Washingtonians were reading the names of Lithuanian deportees as part of a larger Lithuanian youth initiative "Say it. Hear it. Remember it."