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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuania commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II

Algirdas Acus 2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuania marked the end of World War Two with the country's President, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament (Seimas) attending commemorative events. Prime Minister Butkevičius stressed that the end of war did not bring the end of occupation for Lithuania.

Lithuania marked the end of World War Two with the country's President, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament (Seimas) attending commemorative events. Prime Minister Butkevičius stressed that the end of war did not bring the end of occupation for Lithuania.

The day began with special service at the St. Johns Church in Vilnius.

Later three highest officials of Lithuania, President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and Speaker of Parliament Loreta Graužinienė, attended a ceremony in Paneriai Memorial, which honours victims of Nazism and Holocaust, as well as Lithuanian and Polish militaries and civilians killed during the World War II.

Prime Minister Butkevičius have stressed that while WWII was a huge tragedy to the world and Lithuania, the end of it did not mark the end of occupation for Lithuania. Soviet Union occupied the country up to 1990, when Lithuania finally restored its independence.

Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament have also visited a special memorial for WW2 victims at the Vilnius Antakalnis Cemetery.

In the evening, a gala concert In Memoriam will take place at the Vilnius Congress Hall.

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Memorial for WW2 victims at Vilnius Antakalnis Cemetery

Delegation led by Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and Speaker of the Parliament Loreta Graužinienė arrive

Soldiers lay flowers

Butkevičius and Graužinienė pay tribute

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

ALGIRDAS BUTKEVIČIUS, Prime Minister of Lithuania:
We have to admit that current geopolitical situation truly urges to think again and remember, especially the older people remember, the period when Lithuania was occupied and ruthless crimes were committed during the World War II, as well as after it.

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Soundbite (Lithuanian)

ALGIRDAS BUTKEVIČIUS, Prime Minister of Lithuania:
We regained independence in 1990, so it has to be said that the end of the World War II, as declared on the 8th May, did not end the Lithuania’s occupation, which lasted till 1990.