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Brig Gen A.Ramanauskas-Vanagas, Commander of forces of the fighting Lithuania, farewelled

2018.10.06
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“Today we have farewelled one of the most prominent Chiefs of Defence of Lithuania – Brigadier General Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, who fought for the freedom and independence of Lithuania even under total occupation of the country to the very end,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the state funeral ceremony for Brig Gen A.Ramanauskas-Vanagas on October 5-6.

 

“General Vanagas is an inspiration to selflessly defend homeland to the new generation of officers,” Minister R.Karoblis stressed.

 

“The price paid for our present life, freedom of the state of Lithuania and every one of us, is very high – it is the faith in the ideals of freedom of thousands of partisans and their sacrificed lives. Let us think about that more often, maybe we will feel less anger and disappointment, pointless ambition, dissatisfaction and selfish drive,” Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas invited in the last word delivered at Vilnius Antakalnis Cemetery.

 

“The roots and the spirit of the Lithuanian Armed Forces rest on the freedom fighters of Lithuania. It is our duty to prepare for extreme trials if needed. We have very noble and honourable examples of allegiance to the state of Lithuania,” Lt Gen J. V. Žukas said.

 

Brig Gen. Adolfas Ramanauskas was born on 6 March 1918 in the United States of America, he repatriated in 1921 with his parents. He chose to join the armed fight for the freedom of Lithuania in April 1945 when the Second Soviet occupation began. A. Ramanauskas-Vanagas and seven other partisan leaders signed the Declaration of 16 February 1949 of the Council of the Union of Lithuanian Freedom Fighters. The Seimas recognised by law the Declaration as a piece of legislation of particular significance to the continuity of the state of Lithuania. The document was a claim the Union of Lithuanian Freedom Fighters took the responsibility for leading restoration of an independent and democratic state of Lithuania.

 

Brig Gen A. Ramanauskas-Vanagas was detained in 1956 and executed on 29 November 1957. His wife, partisan B. Mažeikaitė- Ramanauskienė was sentenced to 8 years in prison camps by the occupant court.

 

His remains were found earlier this year in Našlaičiai Cemetery in Antakalnis. Authenticity of the remains was confirmed by anthropological forensic analysis, skull and face photographic comparison, and DNA test.

 

After Lithuania regained independence in 1990, Brig Gen Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas was posthumously recognised. On 22 December 1997 the status of a volunteer soldier was conferred on him. He was given the rank of a reserve brigadier general by Decree of the President of the Republic of Lithuania on January 26, 1998 and awarded the 2nd Order of the Cross of Vytis (award conferred for heroic defence of Lithuania's freedom and independence) and the 1st Order of the Cross of Vytis by Presidential Decrees.

 

Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania had declared 2018 the year of Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas.

 

Photo credits: Alfredas Pliadis (MoD) and Sgt Spc Ieva Budzeikaitė

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