VILNIUS – Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda paid homage to the victims of World War II on Friday, with floral wreaths laid on his behalf at Antakalnis cemetery in Vilnius and the Paneriai Memorial.
Lithuania’s Honorary Guard troops laid flowers at the World War II Victims Monument, the memorial for those who died for their homeland, the memorial to Lithuania’s freedom fighters and the grave of Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, a partisan commander and de facto head of state of post-war Lithuania at Antakalnis cemetery.
Flowers were also laid at the monuments of the Paneriai Memorial Complex and other memorials.
The leaders of the three Baltic countries issued a joint statement on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the end of the war, paying tribute to the victims of World War II and calling to denounce attempts to rewrite history, the president’s office reminded.
Western Europe, including Lithuania, marks the end of World War II on May 8.
On May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender, which took effect the following day, ending the European conflict of World War II.