VILNIUS - The Presidential Palace, the Bell Tower in the Cathedral Square as well as the Monument of the Three Crosses in Vilnius will be illuminated in the colors of the Italian national flag to honor the memory of coronavirus victims in Italy.
"Together with the leaders of other EU member states I extend my deepest condolences in your tragic loss of human lives to the pandemic. Every one of us must do our best to prevent the spread of virus. At this time of immense difficulty, I wish the victims’ families and loved ones as well as the people of Italy strength, fortitude and consolidation”, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the presidential office on Tursday.
The virus in Italy has claimed the largest number of lives in Europe as over 11,000 people have already died. Italy declared March 31 as the National Day of Mourning to pay tribute to the victims of the coronavirus.
All public institutions in Lithuania are invited to join the initiative, and the Curia of the Vilnius Archdiocese, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vilnius City Municipality, and Ministry of Defense decided to support this initiative. In sign of solidarity, church bells tolled across Lithuania at noon, Italian time.