Freedom Defenders’ Day
Vilnius commemorated its 25th Freedom Defenders’ Day on Jan. 13.
What is the story behind the ceremonies, the candles, tributes, hoisting of state flags and solemn parades?
In brief, Jan. 13 is commemorated as Freedom Defenders’ Day to remember those who died during the Soviet army’s actions in Vilnius on Jan. 13 1991.
The Soviets then attempted to overthrow Lithuania’s legitimate administration that had declared independence from the Soviet Union on March 11 of 1990.
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