President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President: Victory at Žalgiris stands as a symbol of hope, freedom and independence of Lithuanian people

2010-07-15

Thursday, July 15, Grunwald - Victory in the Battle of Grunwald (Žalgiris) stands as a symbol signifying the hope of the Lithuanian people to seek freedom and independence, President Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined at the celebration of the 600th Anniversary of the Grunwald Battle.

President Grybauskaitė, together with Polish President-elect Bronisław Komorowski and other Heads of State of Central and Eastern European countries, attended the anniversary celebrations at the historic battlefield of Grunwald, where she addressed the participants in Lithuanian and Polish. Later on, Dalia Grybauskaitė and other prominent guests watched the Lithuanian and Polish Guard of Honor Parade and Tournament of Knights.

"Today is a very special day. Today, on this historic battlefield, we celebrate one of the greatest victories in our history - a victory that ended more than one hundred year long aggression against the region. It reminds us all how much we can achieve when we are together. I am speaking not only about Lithuanians and Poles. I have in mind here all of us who 600 years ago participated in the Battle of Grunwald and made victory possible," the President said.

Dalia Grybauskaitė expressed her sincere gratitude to the Polish hosts for organizing such wonderful and spectacular celebrations. She also thanked Eastern and Central European leaders for honoring the Grunwald anniversary that carries a meaning of great symbolic importance to Lithuanians and Poles.

"May this celebration inspire us all to seek brave, ambitious and important goals for our nations and for the whole of Europe," the President said.

Later on in the day, President Grybauskaitė and other heads of state will visit the Castle of Malbork and attend a festive dinner.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2010.07.15 15:36

Back