Vilnius celebrates independence day

  • 2006-02-16
  • By TBT staff
VILNIUS - In commemoration of independence day, Lithuania held various events today, which marks the country's 88th anniversary.

On Feb. 16, 1918, the Lithuanian Council declared the restoration of the independent democratic state of Lithuania with its capital in Vilnius.

Today's celebration included both official commemorations and entertainment. Independence Act signatories were honored at the Rasu cemetery, with state awards presented at the President's Office.

Officials raised the national flags of all three Baltic states at Daukantas Square in Vilnius, and a Holy Mass was held at the Cathedral.

The celebration ended with a solemn commemoration at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater and a concert at Cathedral Square, where Vilnius Mayor Arturas Zuokas spoke.