G.Nausėda: King Mindaugas opened the door to Europe for Lithuania

“767 years ago, King Mindaugas recorded himself in history as a man who gave a symbolic beginning to the state of Lithuania and opened its doors to Europe. Through his efforts, a small country on the banks of the Nemunas and the Neris entered the Western civilizational space as an independent actor – and has remained there to this day, ”G. Nausėda said during a solemn flag-raising ceremony in Simonas Daukantas Square in Vilnius on Monday.

The ceremony was attended by the Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis, the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, the outgoing Presidents Valdas Adamkus and Dalia Grybauskaitė, the former Speaker of the Supreme Council-Restorative Seimas Vytautas Landsbergis. The first lady Diana Nausėdienė, foreign ambassadors and other honorable guests also took part in the event.

Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / State flag raising ceremony

According to President G. Nausėda, the coronation of Mindaugas was a significant political and diplomatic victory, and the first Lithuanian king was able to seize a unique historical opportunity to capture a new political entity and “future home for the Lithuanian nation” on the map of Europe.

Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / State flag raising ceremony

Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / State flag raising ceremony

“The works of many later heroes of our history complemented Mindaugas’ brightly drawn line – further to the West, always only to the West. The ability to choose the only correct solution at the right time in the history of Lithuania has become an important leitmotif. The signatories of the February 16 and March 11 acts later had similar characteristics, “said the President.

“Together with our European Union and NATO partners, we continue to work to create an area of ​​democracy, stability and prosperity in a changing world,” said G. Nausėda.

Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / State flag raising ceremony

Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / State flag raising ceremony

In his speech, the head of state noted that history is made meaningful by current efforts and actions. The President called on Lithuanian citizens to foster unity and mutual understanding.

“The greatest victories of the past would fade without the opportunity to reap their fruits today – every moment. That is why I am glad to see so many patriotic Lithuanians who love their country and together celebrate its birthday, ”said G. Nausėda.

Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / State flag raising ceremony

Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / State flag raising ceremony

In his speech, the President also remembered the historian Edvardas Gudavičius, who came out in January this year and studied the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The professor set the probable date of Mindaugas’ coronation – July 6, 1253. This date was declared a public holiday.

“Thanks to the Professor, it is our eternal rest that we have a great holiday that brings together Lithuanian patriotic people every year. It allows us to return to the origins of Lithuania with our thoughts – that crucial moment when the flow of our common history accelerated, ”the President thanked the eminent historian E. Gudavičius in his speech.

During the ceremony, Lithuania’s tricolor and historical Vytis flag were solemnly raised, the Lithuanian anthem was played, the Lithuanian Army Orchestra was played, and NATO allies’ fighters flew into the sky.

As Lithuania celebrates State Day, its accent will traditionally be the singing of the national anthem in the country’s cities and towns. Festive concerts and exhibitions will take place in many Lithuanian municipalities, and Lithuanian communities abroad will choose to sing the anthem.