aA
The 30th anniversary of the 1989 peaceful anti-Soviet demonstration in which two million people joined hands in a human chain stretching from Vilnius to Tallinn will be marked with the slogan "The Baltic Way is Us".
Žmonės "Baltijos kelyje"
Žmonės "Baltijos kelyje"
© LCVA / Viktoras Kapočius

Lithuanian organizers say the slogan symbolizes the unity and continuity between the older generation who participated in the Baltic Way and young people who cherish traditions.

"We have young people (...) who were not yet born but want to join in and that's why we coined the slogan 'The Baltic Way is Us'," Dalia Urbanaviciene, chairwoman of the Council for the Safeguarding of Ethnic Culture, said at a news conference on Thursday.

A key event will take place in Salociai, a small town on the Lithuanian-Latvian border.

"The main event, a get-together of Lithuanians and Latvians with songs and dances, should take place there," Urbanaviciene said.

According to organizers, this year's program will also include traditional commemorative events, such a three-day run along the Baltic Way route.

A group of activists have recently unveiled an initiative to bring 10,000 people together to form a 10-kilometer human chain in Vilnius this August, with plans to hold such commemorations every five years to create a new tradition and eventually repeat the uninterrupted human chain across all three countries on the 50th anniversary in 2039.

On August 23, 1989, around 2 million people in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia joined hands in a 650-kilometer-long human chain stretching from Tallinn to Vilnius to mark 50 years since the signing of the German-Soviet Non-aggression Pact, known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and secret protocols that divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence.

The Baltic Way is on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

'Ukrainian bookshelf' opens in Vilnius' central library

The "Ukrainian bookshelf", an initiative to promote Ukrainian literature, is being launched at the...

A memorial plaque to Lithuanian writer removed in Russia's Sovetsk

A memorial plaque to Vilhelmas Storosta-Vydunas, a Lithuanian writer and philosopher who lived and...

First Vilnius Biennial for Performance Art announces an open call

The Vilnius Biennial for Performance Art announces an international open call for artists to...

Estonian-Lithuanian artist celebrated at Holywood awards event

Estonian-Lithuanian artist Arthur Doweyko was honored at the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Event...

Vilnius University maintains record-high 400th position in global university rating

Vilnius University (VU) has maintained the highest rating it received last year among Lithuanian...

Top news

Adviser: extra-NATO forces may temporarily arrive in Lithuania now as well

Additional NATO forces can be temporarily deployed in Lithuania now, if necessary, but permanent...

Simonyte: Lithuania ready to step up expert support to Ukraine

Lithuania is ready to continue and step up its expert support to Ukraine, Prime Minister Ingrida...

Car cleaning firm says data of 50,000 customers leaked

Svaros Broliai, a Lithuanian car washing and cleaning services provider, said late on Monday that...

Bayraktar drone arrives in Lithuania to be handed over to Ukraine

A Bayraktar combat drone has been delivered to Lithuania to be handed over to Ukraine, Defense...

Battle in Klaipeda: Lithuania drops to a good Czech team but the future of LT basketball looks very bright

Ending this window of the World Cup qualification tournament with a win in their match up against a...