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2019.11.22 09:30

Lithuania to commemorate key independence battle on Armed Forces Day

LRT.lt2019.11.22 09:30

Lithuania will mark the 101st anniversary of its military during the Armed Forces Day on November 23, which coincides with the commemoration of a key 1919 victory against German-backed Bermontians.

Troops from allied countries, including those deployed in Lithuania as part of NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence, as well as the joint Lithuanian-Polish-Lithuanian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG, will take part in a parade along Geminidas Avenue.

Overhead, Danish and Belgian F-16 jets taking part in NATO’s air policing mission will stage a fly-by.

Coinciding with the Armed Forces Day, Lithuania will also mark the 100th anniversary of a key battle during the Wars of Independence against Bermontian troops in Radviliškis, northern Lithuania.

On November 21-22, 1919, forces of the newly independent Lithuania defeated the German-backed Bermontian forces following the earlier push against the Russian Bolshevik forces.

In Radviliškis, a battle reenactment as well as a parade and military display will mark the occasion on November 22.

Other events are due to take place in Kaunas, Biržai, Zarasai and Vilkaviškis.

Programme:

In Vilnius:
10:00 – Mass in Šv. Ignoto church.
12:00 – A military line-up in Katedros Square and a parade along Gedimino Avenue.

In Kaunas:
10:00 – Mass in Šv. Arkangelo Mykolo church
11:00 – A military line-up in the courtyard of Vytautas the Great War Museum