Congratulating the nation on the State Day in Simonas Daukantas Square outside the Presidential Palace on Monday, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė called on people to rediscover Lithuania.
prezidentė Dalia Grybauskaitė
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The national flag raising ceremony in the square was then followed by the traditional cannot salute as well as the flight of eight Norwegian and Italian fighter jets, now carrying out the NATO Baltic air policing mission, and Czech fighters that have come to Lithuania for training.

The ceremony was observed by hundreds of Vilnius residents and guests.

"Today we see Lithuania as a nation of brave and unbreakable people. As a state with a bright and unfading crown. A Lithuania that is proud of its culture and traditions. Unique folk costumes that reflect the distinct identity of our ethnographic regions. It is a great feeling and honor to wear them," the Lithuanian president said in her speech, wearing a traditional Lithuanian costume.

"The State Day is an excellent occasion to rediscover Lithuania. To get to know its history, ethnographic regions and endless cultural landscape even better," she added.

Lithuania marks the State Day – the Coronation of King Mindaugas on July 6. King Mindaugas was crowned on July 6, 1253, which finalized the establishment of the State of Lithuania, and Lithuania was then recognized by the then world.

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