On Friday, President Gitanas Nausėda met with representatives of the Lithuanian World Center in the cradle of Lithuanian Americans, in Lemont, suburb of Chicago.
According to the President, this meeting is an excellent opportunity to mark the 70th anniversary of the activities of the Lithuanian American community in the U.S and to celebrate their contribution for Lithuania’s statehood – its restoration and preservation.
“You are a hearth of Lithuanian culture in the United States and a role model to the entire Lithuanian diaspora in the world. It is insufficient to say that your contribution is significant. Your support in difficult historical times was not only politically important, but also giving us hope and moral strength," the President said.
According to him, the Lithuanian community in America has always been distinguished by strong and particularly active organizations. The President noted the long-standing efforts made by Lithuanian Americans in representing Lithuania’s political and economic interests in the U.S. and around the world.
“Your efforts to strengthen Lithuania, maintain Lithuanian language and culture are vital. I thank all Lithuanian families in emigration who care about passing the Lithuanian language from one generation to the next. This is also a precondition for successful reintegration of young people who want to return to their motherland," the President said.
At the meeting, on behalf of the Lithuanian state and society, Gitanas Nausėda thanked the Lithuanians in the U.S. for their contribution in work, science, assets, and sacrifice that helped us all remember how united Lithuanian people were.
The Lithuanian World Centre in Lemont was registered as a not-for-profit organization in 1988. The Centre houses the Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis Lithuanian Catholic Mission, Maironis Lithuanian Community School, which is the largest in the U.S., and the home for senior people. The premises are used by 40 Lithuanian organizations (Lithuanian Folk-Art Gallery, folk dance ensembles, choirs, youth organizations, sports clubs, etc.). Major Lithuanian community events take place there.
Last updated 2021.09.25 09:34Back