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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
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  • 9 May 2017

    On the occasion of the 226th anniversary of the adoption of the 3 May Constitution – the first constitution in modern Europe and the second in the world, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Vilnius organized events to commemorate this great day.

    The central celebration of Constitution Day took place on at noon on 3 May in Rasos cemetery. The ceremony at the Mausoleum of the Mother and Son's Heart in Vilnius was attended by representatives of the Polish diplomatic corps in Lithuania with H. E. Mr. Jarosław Czubiński at the helm, members of the Lithuanian Seimas on behalf of Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance (EAPL-CFA), representatives of local and social authorities in Lithuania, representatives of Polish Scouts in Vilnius, veterans and residents of Vilnius and guests from Poland. The celebration was also attended by the command of the Polish military contingent stationed in Siauliai.

     

    Ambassador Jarosław Czubiński emphasized in his speech the importance and value of the Constitution and drew attention to the political changes that followed this event.

     

    "The 3rd of May 1791 was a great victory for those who had wanted a strong Polish state,” the ambassador said; he also referred to the present situation in his speech:

    “Appreciating the greatness of the Constitution adopted 226 years ago, we appreciate our own work - a safe and growing Commonwealth. We respect our modern laws. We see the good effects of our struggle, our utterances and sacrifices, the effects of our work and efforts, but also the wisdom of the creators of the reborn, democratic, tolerant and independent homeland. We thank our ancestors for having Polish language and Polish culture. We thank you for the Polish schools where children are taught Polish. We are grateful for the care of the Fatherland, where we always return, no matter where fate throws us Poles. We thank the Church ‘ it hugged the Polish Nation and gave shelter to the Polish ideas of freedom and independence’ in the darkest times in captivity.” Ambassador Czubiński finished his speech with the words: "Vivat Constitution, vivat 3rd May! Long live Poland!".

     

    Scouts, veterans and historical re-constructors provided a guard of honour at the Mausoleum of the Mother and Son's Heart in Vilnius. The flags of Polish schools were also on show at the event.

     

    Later, Mass for the Homeland was celebrated at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius.

     

    President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to the people of Poland on May 3rd Constitution Day. The President underlined that the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Lithuania and Poland reminded us of the very special bond connecting the two nations – neighbours and partners. “We face the same challenges. We share the same approach to key regional issues and uniform interests in Europe and the transatlantic community. We pursue the common objective of ensuring well-being and security for our people,” the President wrote in her message of congratulations.

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