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Lithuania marks the 24th anniversary of Restoration of Independence.

  • 2014-03-11
  • From wire reports, VILNIUS

On Mar. 11, 1990, the Supreme Council-Reconstituent Seimas adopted the Act on the Restoration of an Independent State of Lithuania. 124 members voted for, 6 abstained. By this act the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania expressed the will of the nation and solemnly proclaimed that it restored the execution of the sovereign powers of the State of Lithuania which were abolished by foreign forces in 1940, and that Lithuania was again an independent state.

On Tuesday, 11 March, commemoration events will begin with flower laying ceremony by the monument the Message, in the Independence Square in Vilnius, dedicated for 11 March, reports ELTA.

Later, Vytautas Daraskevicius' photography exhibition To Freedom: 1988-1991 will be opened in the Parliament Gallery.

The solemn commemoration ceremony of 11 March, the Day of Restoration of Independence of Lithuania, will be held in the historic Hall of the Act of 11 March in the Parliament. In the afternoon, the flags of the three Baltic states will be hoisted in the Independence Square.

Afterwards, Vilnius residents and guests will be invited to watch a solemn march of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Band and the Honour Guard Company in Gediminas Avenue. Also, to participate in the Holy Mass in Vilnius Cathedral.

At the same time, a commemoration ceremony will take place in Kaunas. The flag of the Order of the Cross of Vytis will be raised and flowers will be laid by the monuments in the garden of Vytautas the Great War Museum. A concert Wings of Freedom will take place in the Unity Square.

Later in the afternoon, State Independence Grant will be presented in the Constitution Hall at the Parliament.

Meanwhile, a brass orchestra Aukstyn from Panevezys and the young artists will perform at the Column Hall of the Presidential Palace.

Solemn events of 11 March will end by concerts in Vincas Kudirka Square and the Cathedral Square in Vilnius.

Events marking the Day of Restoration of Independence will be held in all of Lithuania's cities and towns.