Lithuanian communities in Belgium and Ireland join traditional 13 January run
Monday, January 12, 2015
Last Saturday, 10 January, the 24th international run, the Road of Life and Death, dedicated to commemorate defenders of Lithuania's freedom, took place in Lithuania, Belgium and Ireland. Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also took part in the event.
When an e-mail from Vilnius came with an invitation to join the traditional annual run "On the Road of Life and Death", we were listening to Brahms' piano concerto in Portland performed by a student of the prestigious Rice University in Houston (Texas), Lithuanian pianist Rūta Kuzmickaitė who was born five years after the historic events of 13 January 1991. She had returned for holidays to her family in Oregon.
Over 4,300 people on Saturday took part in a traditional run through the streets of Vilnius to pay tribute to the victims of the Soviet army's bloody attack on unarmed civilians in the Lithuanian capital in January 1991.
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