Posts tagged as anniversary

Lithuania celebrates 80th anniversary of Welles declaration

Thursday, July 23, 2020

On July 23, 1940, the United States issued a historic Welles declaration which condemned the Soviet occupation of the three Baltic States. As Lithuania marks the 80th anniversary of the historic document, a historian explains its lasting importance. “The European principled position would have been hardly possible without the strong stance of Washington,” Algimantas Kasparavičius, a historian at the Lithuanian Institute of History, told LRT.lt. The declaration on July 23,…

Poland and Lithuania commemorate 610th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald

Thursday, July 16, 2020

On July 15, 1410, at Grunwald, Polish-Lithuanian forces and their allies under the leadership of Władysław II Jagiełło defeated the armies of the Teutonic Order and it supporters. The battle is considered one of the most important in medieval European history. The anniversary is usually commemorated by a reconstruction of the battle. Due to the pandemic, the event was limited to a state ceremony in which President Andrzej Duda and…

President Levits marks 20th anniversary of ‘Marta’ women’s refuge

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Latvian State President Egils Levits published a video message May 12 congratulating the Marta Resource Center for Women on its 20th anniversary. Published on the presidential YouTube channel, Levits praised the work done by Marta and other non-governmental organisations that provide support and help to women suffering from abuse and violence, while admitting that “darker undertones” exist in that much work still needs to be done to deal with the root causes in Latvian society.…

How Lithuania celebrated 30th independence anniversary

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Bad weather and pandemic risks notwithstanding, Lithuania did not hold back in celebrating its 30 years of independence. On Wednesday morning, during the official ceremony outside the parliament building – indoor events were cancelled due to coronavirus concerns – President Gitanas Nausėda addressed Vytautas Landsbergis, who chaired the Supreme Council which declared Lithuania independent three decades ago, as “president”. “No, I did not misspeak, president, because this word best describes…

Michael Pompeo congratulates Estonia on anniversary of independence

Monday, February 24, 2020

On behalf of the people and government of the United States, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Monday congratulated the Republic of Estonia on the 102nd anniversary of independence and the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Tartu. “Both the Treaty of Tartu and the US Declaration of Independence speak of a spirit of self-determination, the right of a nation’s people to end the rule of a foreign power…

Ceremony marks anniversary of the end of the Soviet-Afghan war

Monday, February 17, 2020

Veterans of the 1979-1989 Soviet-Afghanistan war, together with family members of those who fell, and representatives of public organizations, marked the 31st anniversary of the end of the conflict at Kivila Park in the Lasnamäe district of Tallinn on Saturday. A wreath-laying ceremony took place at a memorial stone to the war, which saw well over a thousand Estonians, and residents of what was then the Estonian SSR, drafted in…

Latvian president to organize discussion marking 25th anniversary of Latvia’s membership in Council of Europe

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

On February 10, Latvian President Egils Levits will host the discussion “Latvia and Council of Europe: today’s challenges and future perspectives” in the Riga Castle to mark the 25 years since Latvia joined the Council of Europe (CoE), BNS learned from the President’s Chancellery. The Latvian President, Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics, President of the Constitutional Court and former judge of the European Court of Human Rights Ineta Ziemele, Chair…

Estonian Navy and Air Force mark 101st anniversaries

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Estonian Navy and Air Force marked their 101st anniversaries on Thursday. The navy held a ceremony at Mine Habour in north Tallinn. As one of the three Estonian Defense Forces, the main purpose of the Navy is to protect Estonia’s territorial integrity and national interests at sea. The Navy’s main area of ​​activity is mine clearance and maritime awareness. Annual mine clearance operations reduce the potential risks associated with historic…

Polish far-right groups march in Warsaw on independence anniversary

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tens of thousands of Poles took part in a far-right march in the capital Warsaw on Monday to mark Polish independence, an annual event that has become a focus of friction between nationalists and liberals. Some chanted “God, honour, homeland!” and “No to the European Union!” and waved red-and-white Polish flags. Others lit red flares, blanketing sections of the parade with smoke. “We have to return to our roots. Our…

Relatives of victims mark 5th anniversary of MH17 downing

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Five years after a missile blew Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the sky above eastern Ukraine, relatives and friends of those killed gathered Wednesday at a Dutch memorial to mark the anniversary. Hours before the start of a memorial ceremony, families began arriving, many holding hands and clutching bunches of sunflowers. The names of all 298 passengers and crew killed on July 17, 2014, will be read out at…