Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has extended congratulations to the nation of Day of Restoration of State, urging people to remain strong and unbreakable.
President Grybauskaitė during the ceremony
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"I congratulate everyone on February 16 – the birthday of restored state! Lithuania walked a honorable path of 99 years to this day, withstood all tests, did not break down and stood up strong. This is the biggest achievement of our nation," Grybauskaitė said on Thursday.

In her words, February 16 nearly a century ago embodied the biggest dream of the people of Lithuania.

"The strife and duty to preserve and defend our statehood today links us with the determined romantics who set a goal at the beginning of last century to give Lithuania that one occupation after another took away from it and destroyed – statehood, identity, language and self-esteem," said the president.

Lithuania marks the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania on Febebruary 16. Ninety-nine years ago on February 16, 1918, the Council of Lithuania declared Lithuania an independent and democratic country with the capital Vilnius.

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