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“Lithuania is our destiny and award,” President said to Song Festival delegation

Thursday, July 2, Vilnius - President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus received representatives of delegations participating in the Song Festival ‘Song of the Centuries'.
 

"Celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Lithuania is unimaginable without a song," the President said addressing the delegations. The Head of State underlined the Festival was a sort of expression of gratitude to the song for peace and support in the most difficult periods of history.

 

Recalling the time when Lithuania was occupied and isolated from the rest of the world, the President said: "These very songs were on the lips and in the hearts of Lithuanians forced both to Siberia and the West."

 

The President noted that songs were everywhere: with the liberation movement Sąjūdis and the aspirations for Independence, on the Cathedral Square and at the Seimas Palace, in front of occupation tanks and on the Baltic Way.

"National songs and the Anthem of Lithuania have always been, and are, echoing in the aspiration for freedom nurtured by Lithuanians for years," the President said.

 

Underlining that the Song Festival was bringing together and uniting Lithuanians from all over the world, the President said: "Today, in the independent Lithuania, songs mobilise the nation again, and become a universal behest for all of us, for the whole of Lithuania. Today, we say strongly: ‘We have been here for a thousand years, and will be for ever because we are Lithuanians. Because Lithuania is our destiny and award."


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