The Cleveland Lithuanian community gathered to celebrate the 95th anniversary of February 16, 1918 and the declaration of Lithuania's independence.
Algis Gudenas served as Master of Ceremonies and spoke (in English and Lithuanian) at the 2013 Lithuanian Independence Day celebration in the St. Casimir Church Social Hall.
Rytas Urbaitas led the crowd in the US and Lithuanian National Anthems.
Rev. Joseph A. Bacevice gave an opening invocation in both Lithuanian and English
Rev. Joseph A. Bacevice
Honorary General Consul of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys (Ingridos Bublienes) spoke (in Lithuanian)
Dr. Viktoras Stankus told about the history of Lithuania and mentioned honored guests in attendance.
Dr. Vik Stankus
Estonian leaders Karin and Hans Ruus
George Brown brought greetings and a proclamation from Ohio Senator Rob Portman's office.
George Brown and Dr. Vik Stankus
Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek offered his congratulations and support. This was the 35th Lithuanian Independence Day celebration that Councilman Polensek has attended.
Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek
Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek and Dr. Vik Stankus
Next, the Lithuanian Foundation offered greetings and honors.
Consul Bublys, Councilman Polensek and other distinguished guests
Keynote and Entertainment
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