President Dalia Grybauskaitė on 6 July, the State Day, presented state awards to Lithuanian and foreign nationals for their merits to Lithuania.
President Grybauskaitė presents state awards to Lithuanian and foreign nationals for their merits to Lithuania on 6 July
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"This is one of the most outstanding ceremonies in honoring people whose work, determination and courage do leave a trace," Grybauskaitė said during the awards ceremony at the Presidential Palace.

"Thanks to you, Lithuania has travelled such a road of statehood. These achievements are the best expression of respect for everyone," she said.

The Grand Crosses of the Order for Merits to Lithuania were awarded to former US Vice-President Joe Biden, an active advocate of Lithuania's security, and US Senator John McCain, an active supporter of democracy and security in the Baltic states.

Šarūnas Jasikevičius, the head coach of BC Žalgiris Kaunas and a long-term member of the national basketball team, received the Grand Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.

Those awarded on Friday also include pianist Muza Rubackytė-Golay and theater critic Irena Veisaitė, as well as number of medical doctors, psychologists, artists, historians, anti-Soviet resistance activists and soldiers.

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