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  • 14 November 2017

    "This year, as we do every year, we gather at The Mother and the Heart of Son Mausoleum in Rasos Cemetery to celebrate the day of the rebirth of the Polish state. This year, we are celebrating the 99th anniversary of independence, and so we start the centenary year of Poland's independence.

    This jubilee year is being celebrated by all Poles in the Republic of Poland as well as  those in Lithuania and in other countries where our compatriots live,” Ursula Doroszewska, Ambassador of Poland to Lithuania said at Vilnius Rasos cemetery.

    Ambassador Doroszewska laid a wreath at The Mother and the Heart of Son Mausoleum in Rasos Cemetery on behalf of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. Addressing the people gathered at the Mausoleum, she conveyed to all Poles the President's request that the anniversary of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence “would become a celebration of the whole Polish community, so that everybody will feel invited not only to participate in the festivities, but also to co-create them."

    During the ceremony, the anthems of Poland and Lithuania were played. The Ambassador thanked all the Lithuanian partners for their messages of congratulations to Poland.

    Representatives of the Polish social organizations, Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance, local governments, educational institutions, were all present in the cemetery and paid homage to Marshal Józef Piłsudski. Scouts and combatants provided a guard of honor at the Mausoleum. Prayers were also said.

    The Independence Day relay race, organized by the Vilnius Scout Troop of St. Mary Lady, has always been an integral part of the Vilnius celebration. It has taken place every year for the last 23 years. This year, almost 200 scouts from Lithuania and Poland participated in the relay. Participants took off on Saturday morning from Zulów – the birthplace of Józef Piłsudski. They reached Vilnius Rasos cemetery after completing 63 km in six hours.

    Several concerts and academies were held to mark Independence Day and Mass was celebrated in many churches in Vilnius and surrounding regions.



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