aA
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the events of January 13th, 1991, a commemorative international marathon called "On the road of life and death" was held on Saturday in Lithuania and in capital cities all over the world.
Defenders of freedom honoured in world capitals with 25th anniversary run
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

In Vilnius, a nine-kilometre run started at Antakalnis cemetery where the victims of January 13th are buried, and ended near the television tower. Lithuanian diplomats along with runners from Lithuania and foreign countries put flowers on the graves of those who were killed.

Numerous employees from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the run. The ministry‘s runners club team was joined by foreign diplomats resident in Vilnius. The Japanese embassy had the most runners participating in the event, but representatives from the US, Poland, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Russia and many other countries participated in the run.

On the same day, more than 150 Belgian Lithuanians and friends of Lithuania from foreign countries took part in the commemorative run for the third time in Brussels. There was a record number of EU and NATO institutions’ representatives on the Brussels run, symbolically supporting the run held in Vilnius.

Berlin Lithuanians also paid tribute to the defenders of freedom of Lithuania by running a nine-kilometre long run from the obelisk for the March 11th at the Charlottenburg park to the Brandenburg Gate and the nearby Lithuanian Embassy.

Commemorative runs to remember the defenders of freedom were also held in Madrid, Dublin, London, New York, Stockholm, Paris, Sao Paulo and other cities. In Madrid the run was held for the first time with Lithuanians, Spaniards and a team from the Estonian Embassy participating in the event.

The annual run was first held in 1992 to commemorate the first anniversary of January 13th. The race is organised and run by the Vilnius Lithuania amateur runner association together with the Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian army.

Lzinios.lt

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Lithuania opens Honorary Consulate in Spain

On 1 June, Lithuania opened its fifth Honorary Consulate in Santander , the capital of the region...

Cabinet approves EUR 158,800 for relocating 12 Lithuanians from Venezuela

The government on Wednesday allocated 158,800 euros for the relocation of 12 people of Lithuanian...

President discussed education of Lithuanians abroad

President Gitanas Nausėda held a conference call with members of the board of the World Lithuanian...

Embassy in United Arab Emirates officially opened

On 8 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited Abu Dhabi, the...

Lithuanian to open embassy in Australia (1)

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to establish the country's embassy in Australia .

Top news

Free movement between Poland and Baltics to be restored next week

Free movement between Poland and the Baltic states will be resumed next week, Lithuanian Prime...

Candidates list of social democrats for upcoming Seimas election approved

The presidium of the opposition Social Democratic Party of Lithuania on Thursday approved the...

airBaltic plans to resume flights to London, Dublin and Dubrovnik but has no permits yet

Latvian airline airBaltic says it plans to resume flights from Vilnius to London and Dublin in...

7 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Thursday, Lithuania has detected 7 new coronavirus cases. Overall, there have been 1694 COVID-19...

Foreign minister: EU's external borders unlikely to open until late June

The European Union 's external borders may remain closed until late June, Lithuanian Foreign...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina