One of the most striking is the oath taken at the Seimas on January 11. That day was marked by another event – Soviet machinery moved from its places of deployment and a clear military aggression began. The Lithuanian leadership realized that there was a serious danger. Many people gathered near the Seimas. Volunteers decided to defend the freedom and independence of Lithuania with their bodies and primitive means.
Other events unfolded very quickly: people were on duty at the Seimas around the clock, building barricades and otherwise preparing for battle. Nations were not affected by either fear or the realization that it is practically absurd for the unarmed to stand up against the tanks.
He is glad that this struggle did not end tragically – that the people defended our state and freedom.
A.Pocius states that such a determination of the society to defend itself is a symbol of the Pilėnai in our history. He is glad that this struggle did not end tragically – that the people defended our state and freedom. The fact that both the political and civic will to defend has been demonstrated is worthy of pride. The former army chief stresses that it is now very important to talk about it and remind the younger generation that we must all do our duty.
After the incident at the Television Tower, armed men were led out of parliament. They were divided into five and placed in parliamentary accesses. They were waiting for the assault of the Soviet army. A. Pocius had to lead such a top five. While the parliamentary storm was postponed, it was a night of anxiety for the volunteers. Going into the unknown, they had no idea if they would survive.
Going into the unknown, they had no idea if they would survive.
When it became clear that there would be no assault, A. Pocius and his comrades returned to the Seimas. In the course of his duties, A. Pocius had to stay in this building until the collapse of the Soviet Union.
A.Pocius is proud that a nation without fear of danger has chosen to fight for the freedom of our country. The events of January 13 and their participants will not be forgotten by the younger generations.
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