By 2018, when Lithuania will mark the 100-year anniversary of establishing an independent state, there must be monuments put up for Jonas Basanavičius, one of the most important independence activists, and Antanas Smetona, the first president of Lithuania, believes Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Jonas Basanavičius
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"Unfortunately and regrettably, we must assume responsibility for the fact that during 25 years of its independence Lithuania did not manage to find a place to build a monument to its heroes. The president's opinion is very clear: it is a point of our honour to build monuments to Basanavičius and Smetona by 2018, when we mark the centenary of the state's restoration," said Virginija Būdienė, the chief presidential advisor on the interior policy, said on the radio Žinių Radijas on Tuesday morning.

The presidential advisor reminds that both monuments are listed in the programme of preparation to the centenary of the state's restoration.

Apart from memorialization of these two figures, Lithuania has more on the programme: to build a Heroes' Square, to build a Nation's House on the Pamėnkalnis Hill in Vilnius, to renovate the Lukiškių Square in Vilnius.

Antanas Smetona
Antanas Smetona
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