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The Embassy commemorated the Lithuanian Defenders of Freedom
On January 13, the Embassy of Lithuania to India hold a commemoration evening of the Defenders of Lithuania’s Freedom. The 13th of January marks the anniversary of events in 1991 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 for the people of Lithuania and of victory in the fight for Freedom.
Diana Mickevičienė, Ambassador-designate of Lithuania to India, shared her personal experiences that occurred on this particular day 32 years ago and saluted the Ukrainian nation in its current fight for freedom as many Ukrainians also took part in January 13 events combating with Soviet troops.
The Embassy of Lithuania on January 13 joined the civic initiative "Memory is Alive through Testimony", undergoing in all Lithuanian schools and public institutions. The Embassy team lit a candle to remember the civilians killed by Soviet troops in 1991 and wore forget-me-not flowers, which is a sign of respect for the heroic sacrifice that the Lithuanian people demonstrated while defending Lithuanian freedom. The memorial candles symbolize life, light, justice, memory, and unity.