On the first day of the New Year in Vilnius, a special occasion was celebrated – a new tricolor was erected in the tower of Gediminas Castle

On the first day of the New Year in Vilnius, a special occasion was celebrated – a new tricolor was erected in the tower of Gediminas Castle
On the first day of the New Year in Vilnius, a special occasion was celebrated – a new tricolor was erected in the tower of Gediminas Castle

On the first day of the New Year in Vilnius, in the tower of Gediminas Castle, the soldiers of the Honor Guard Company of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Staff Battalion raised a new Lithuanian state flag and thus commemorated the Lithuanian flag day. The flag, which has been flying in the tower so far and was solemnly lowered during the ceremony, has been entrusted to Vilnius Laisvės Gymnasium, which is characterized by citizenship.

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania invites you to commemorate the day of the Lithuanian flag and raise the tricolor on the first day of the New Year.

The tricolor as a sign of free Lithuania was erected for the first time in the tower of Gediminas Castle on January 1, 1919 by a platoon of ten volunteers: officer Kazys Škirpa, military officers Jonas Nistelis and Petras Gužas, soldiers Albinas Rauba, Romualdas Marcalis, Pranas Plauska, Jonas Norvila, Mikas Slyvauskas, Vincas Stepas and Stasys Butkus.

The raised flag was accompanied by shots, after which the volunteers sang the Lithuanian national anthem. Unfortunately, the Lithuanian tricolor raised for the first time did not last long. 1919 January 6 The Bolsheviks who occupied Vilnius tore off the yellow and green colors from the tricolor, leaving only red.

After five decades of occupation, with the beginning of Lithuania’s national revival, the Lithuanian flag was raised again in the tower of Gediminas Castle on October 7, 1988. After the restoration of Lithuania’s independence, January 1 was declared a national holiday – the Lithuanian Flag Day.

Delphi invites you to take a look at the photo gallery after the ceremony.

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