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The President in Chicago: Lithuania will exist until there are Lithuanians in the world

2021-09-23

On Thursday, President Gitanas Nausėda and First Lady Diana Nausėdienė visited one of the most important centers of Lithuanians’ attraction – Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Chicago.

At the meeting with members of the local Lithuanian community, the President thanked them for their long-standing work in promoting Lithuanian spirit and invited them to continue deepening ties with Lithuania.

“I am sincerely grateful to all those who have been patiently working for many years for the seeds of Lithuanian culture to shoot in the soil of the New World and produce fruits,” the President said having underscored the valuable contribution of all Lithuanians who have been active in the public, cultural, and political life and who raised their children in the Lithuanian spirit in the United States.

According to the President, Lithuanians around the world are first and foremost united by a conscious commitment to the idea of Lithuania, the desire to live and work for Lithuania, and the determination to transfer national traditions from one generation to the next.

“Lithuania will exist until there are Lithuanians in the world. Regardless of where we live, we are all part of Lithuania. We are one nation. One Lithuania," the President said.

Regarding the necessity to strengthen the link between Lithuanians worldwide and the Lithuanian state, the President underscored the necessity to have the legal provisions for Lithuanian citizens to retain Lithuanian citizenship after becoming nationals of another country.

Gitanas Nausėda also called on the American Lithuanian community to share the valuable experience of Lithuanian language education with Lithuanians around the world. According to the President, Lithuanian education needs to be enhanced to enable as many Lithuanian children abroad as possible to learn systematically Lithuanian language, Lithuanian history and to know the culture of Lithuania.

On Thursday, President Nausėda and First Lady Nausėdienė also visited Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture and laid flowers at the Darius and Girėnas Memorial at the Marquette Park in Chicago.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Chicago established in 1929, was one of the most important public life centers for American Lithuanians in the U.S. Following the construction of a new Lithuanian church at the Marquette Park in 1957, it was the largest Lithuanian district outside Lithuania for several decades. 

The nearby Youth Centre still houses the Lithuanian School of Chicago, Čiurlionis Art School, the Lithuanian Opera Company of Chicago, Lithuanian Theatre in Chicago, women’s clubs, gatherings of scouts and members of the Lithuanian Catholic Federation “Ateitis”.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2021.09.23 21:03

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