President of the Republic of Lithuania

Address by H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, at the Flag Raising Ceremony in Daukanto Square

2017-07-06

Dear Fellow People of Lithuania, 

I send my best wishes to all of you this morning on State Day!

Let us celebrate with thoughts of pride and respect for our nation.

For the path launched by King Mindaugas to Lithuanian statehood. To civilization, Christendom, to Europe. 

State Day is a bridge leading from the far-away Middle Ages – the thirteenth century – to the beginning of the twenty first century.

This year, as we speak about February 16 and the Act of Independence, we focus on the centenary of the restoration of the Lithuanian State.

Time after time, we were deprived of statehood, but we always stood as a nation ready to rebuild and recreate.

To rebuild our state, national self-awareness and self-respect.    

There were many outstanding people in Lithuania who had the strength and the courage to recreate a free and independent state from ashes and national devastation.     

And to love, cherish and defend it.

That is what we all have been doing together for twenty-seven years of independence.

The first Republic could not hold out. But we will stand because we know from historical experience that failures and mistakes cost too much. Because we have the support that Lithuania has never had before.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our long and beautiful celebration is only beginning.

So let us share congratulations and best wishes with all those who hold Lithuania, its history and its tomorrow dear in their hearts.

Let us build confidence in our state and seek unity in the spirit of the Sixth of July.  

Unity that will resound this evening from one hundred hillforts as we sing the national anthem together with fellow Lithuanians across the country and all over the world.

“May light and truth guide our steps forever.”

 Have a happy celebration and keep Lithuania in your heart!

Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Last updated 2017.07.06 10:19

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