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Lithuanian Independence celebrated in Cleveland

Lithuanian Independence celebrated
Lithuanian Cultural Garden
February 13, 2021

Members of the Lithuanian community in Cleveland Ohio gathered in the Lithuanian Cultural Garden to celebrate The Act of Reinstating Independence of Lithuania or Act of 16 February which was signed by the Council of Lithuania on 16 February 1918, proclaiming the restoration of an independent State of Lithuania, governed by democratic principles, with Vilnius as its capital.

Bust of Jonas Basanavicius

Bust of Jonas Basanavicius
In Lithuanian Cultural Garden


Because of the pandemic only a few officers were allowed to attend this brief outdoor ceremony led by Algis Gudenas and including Honorary Consul General Ingrida Bublys and Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek.

The group gathered at the lower level of the Lithuanian Cultural Garden on MLK Blvd. Algis Gudenas, President of Lithuanian American Cleveland Community Chapter, began the ceremony and the flag of Lithuania was marched in.

Algis Gudenas

Algis Gudenas


Flag of Lithuania


The national anthems of the United States and Lithuania were played and then Algis Gudenas gave some remarks.

Vilmis Vaicikauskas (with flag), Algis Gudenas<br>and Augis Dicevicius, Lithuanian Radio program - Singing the US and Lithuanian national anthems

Vilmis Vaicikauskas (with flag), Algis Gudenas
and Augis Dicevicius, Lithuanian Radio program

Councilman Mike Polensek and Consul Ingrida Bublys sing the anthems

Councilman Mike Polensek and Consul Ingrida Bublys sing the anthems


Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys placed flowers at the bust of Jonas Basanavicius and gave some remarks.

Ingrida Bublys placing flowers

Ingrida Bublys

Flowers for Lithuanian independence

Consul General Ingrida Bublys

Consul General Ingrida Bublys


Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek spoke next.

Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek

Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek


This was followed by readings in Lithuanian from Asta Slechticovas, principal of St Casimir Lithuanian Saturday School and her daughter Sofija.

Sofija Slechticovas

Sofija Slechticovas

Asta Slechticovas principal of St Casimir Lithuanian Saturday School

Asta Slechticovas, principal of St Casimir Lithuanian Saturday School


The flags were marched out and the program concluded with a group photo.

Lithuanian Club Officers - Algis Gudenas president, Ausra Eid, Nomeda Vucianis and Sondra Vaicikauskas

Lithuanian American Cleveland Community Chapter president Algis Gudenas with fellow officers Ausra Eid, Nomeda Vucianis and Sondra Vaicikauskas

Lithuanian Club Officers with Consul Bublys

Lithuanian Community Officers with Consul Bublys

Group photo of Lithuanian leaders

Group Photo

Lithuania flags on the hillside of the Cultural Garden for Independence Day

Lithuania flags on the hillside of the Cultural Garden for Independence Day


Click on the white arrow to watch the video of the ceremony.





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