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January 13th to be proclaimed the Freedom Defenders’ Day of Lithuania in Ottawa
On the 30th anniversary of the events of January 13th, His Worship Jim Watson, the mayor of Canada‘s capital, plans to proclaim January 13th, 2021 as the Freedom Defenders’ Day of Lithuania in Ottawa. Proclamation is planned to be released on Wednesday. On January 13th, a meadow of forget-me-not flowers will bloom in front of the Heritage Building of Ottawa City Hall (195 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON K2P 2L7) in memory of the Lithuanian Freedom defenders.
Due to the pandemic, majority of the events in Canada are held virtually. We invite Lithuanian community and friends of Lithuania in Canada to join these events.
On January 13th at 9 AM local time, we invite you to light the candles of unity, victory and remembrance for 10 minutes. The lit candles symbolize the Freedom Defenders’ fires that were put up next to the Parliament of Lithuania in 1991, the light of defended Freedom, victory against brutal force, and the memory of the victims.
“Forget-me-not” Campaign and the Virtual Run/Walk events are held until the 17th of January:
- More information about the “Forget-me-not” campaign: http://ca.mfa.lt/ca/en/news/forget-me-not-campaign
- More information about the virtual tribute run/walk: http://ca.mfa.lt/ca/en/news/virtual-tribute-run-walk-to-commemorate-the-day-of-freedom-defenders-in-lithuania
The pictures from the “Aš, Lietuva ir Laisvė“ drawing contest are published on the Embassy‘s website and Facebook: http://ca.mfa.lt/ca/en/news/virtual-exhibition-of-as-lietuva-ir-laisve-drawing-contest
The virtual exhibition of Lithuanian Museum-Archives of Canada "Democracy - One Defining Moment" is now open. Exhibition reminds us about events in Lithuania, statements and actions taken by Lithuanian Community in Canada, publications in Canadian press, Decisions of Canadian Government. We kindly invite to visit the exhibition on the museum-archives website: https://www.lithuanianheritage.ca/january-13/
30 years ago today, citizens of Lithuania stood against the brutal assault of Soviet military and defended their country’s independence. To honor the memory of the victims of Soviet military aggression in Vilnius on January 13, 1991, His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, has proclaimed January 13th, 2021 - the Freedom Defenders’ Day of Lithuania in Ottawa.
Every year on January 13th we commemorate the Freedom Defenders‘ Day. This year, as Lithuania commemorates the 30th anniversary of this day, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada organized a drawing contest „Aš, Lietuva ir Laisvė“ for children of Lithuanian descent in Canada.
On January 13th, 2021, Lithuania is marking the 30th anniversary of Freedom Defenders' Day to honor the memory of the victims of Soviet military aggression in Vilnius in 1991, when assault on Vilnius TV tower and Lithuanian Radio and Television resulted in the death of 14 civilians.
On 9th-17th of January 2021, we invite all Lithuanians living in Canada and friends of Lithuania to participate in the tribute run (or walk) „Road of Life and Death“, dedicated to remember and mark the 30th anniversary of the Day of Freedom Defenders.