Lithuanians living in greater DC area met with Auksutė Ramanauskaitė-Skokauskienė, daughter of the Commander in-Chief of Lithuanian freedom fighters A. Ramanauskas-Vanagas, and with his granddaughter Inga Jancevičienė. The discussion about his life, his fight for Lithuania's freedom and his legacy was held at the Embassy on May 8.
On 4 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conferred the highest amateur art award in Lithuania – “Aukso paukštė” (“The Golden Bird”) – on the Lithuanian dance group from Chicago “Grandis” ("The Link").
On 4 May in Chicago, Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a solemn ceremony of unveiling of the monument to Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Union of Lithuanian Freedom Fighters, head of state of the country that was resisting its occupation. Auksutė Ramanauskaitė-Skokauskienė, daughter of A. Ramanauskas-Vanagas, and his granddaughter Inga Jancevičienė also took part in the ceremony.
On 3 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conferred the award of honor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Lithuania's Diplomacy Star – on Dr. Jonas Daugirdas, member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Lithuanian newspaper “Draugas” (“The Friend”), editor of the “Lithuanian Heritage” magazine.
On 5 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited the Ohio state, where he presented opportunities for investment in Lithuania, and talked about country’s economic and political priorities at the Ohio State University.
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.
Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania was on an official working visit to Washington DC on June 25-27th 2018. Viktoras Pranckietis met Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan. During his visit, Speaker Pranckietis was attending a number of official meetings including a joint program held at the U.S. Congress with other parliamentary speakers from the Ukraine, Georgia and, Moldova: Andriy Parubiy, Irakli Kobakhidze, Andrian Candu respectively, and the Vice-President of the Polish Senate, Adam Bielan.