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Let‘s celebrate Lithuania‘s NATO membership together!

“Lithuania and the entire region is probably facing the biggest security threats today since regaining independence, yet the membership in the Alliance ensures an effective deterrence. NATO is and remains to be the key security assurance not only to Lithuania, but the entire Trans-Atlantic community,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis says.

 

This year the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) celebrates its 70th anniversary and Lithuania – its 15th anniversary of NATO membership. NATO is the most successful Alliance in history that today unites 29 democracies, European and North American countries that value freedom, human rights, and the rule of law.

 

We are an alliance, bound by shared history, values and goals. Together we work to prevent conflict and preserve peace for nearly one billion people. Our solemn commitment to each other is that an attack against one Ally is an attack against us all. This bond guarantees our prosperity and security, and allows us to live our lives in freedom.

 

Our world is changing and NATO is changing with it. But some things remain unchanged: our commitment to one another endures, giving us the strength to overcome our differences and rise to any challenge. Standing with unity and resolve in defence of our values, NATO will remain a pillar of stability in an uncertain world for the next generations.

 

 

Lithuania joined the ranks of NATO 15 year ago, on 29 March 2004

 

As a member of NATO Lithuania not only makes a weighty contribution to the stability and peace in the region, Europe, and the world, but also ensures the security, freedom and prosperity of its people.

 

Everyone, residents and guests of Vilnius, big and small, are invited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Lithuania’s membership in NATO “15 Years in NATO!” at noon on March 30 in Simonas Daukantas Square in front of the Ministry of National Defence. Top leadership of the country will greet the audience and the flags of Lithuania and NATO will be hoisted with participation of representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Seimas, Government, and foreign guests.

 

The Lithuanian Armed Forces Honour Guard Company will give a celebratory performance with gun discharges, the current NATO Air Policing Mission rotation of the Polish Armed Forces is expected to congratulate Lithuania with a fly-past in their F-16 fighter jets.

 

During the celebration a static display of military equipment and weaponry brought to Lithuania by our allies. 36 tone Boxer wheeled infantry fighting vehicle, Fenek armoured reconnaissance vehicle, and other equipment brought by the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group deployed in Lithuania several years ago will be available for viewing at Universiteto str. and in the square in front of the Ministry of National Defence.

 

The event will be conducted to the tunes of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Band, Trimitas State Wind Orchestra, and the Representative Wind Orchestra of the Ministry of the Interior, musical campaign for schoolchildren “What We Do Is For Peace” will be taking place at the same time. At 1300hrs a concert by the National Defence Volunteer Force Big Band and soloists and by the Kivi Lithuanian Children and Youth Centre Choir will begin, various creative studios for kids, or not only kids, will be available.

 

Let‘s celebrate Lithuania‘s NATO membership together!

 

As a member of NATO, Lithuania not only stands in solidarity by contributing to the stability and preservation of peace in the region, Europe and the world, but also ensures the security, freedom, and welfare of its citizens.

 

Let’s mark this anniversary in solidarity, meaningfully and in joy!

 

We are inviting all municipalities of the country to pull together the communities of local schools, business, and NGOs, invite representatives from military units based in their regions, and to hoist Lithuanian and NATO flags on March 29, to arrange exciting celebrations on the theme of “15 Years in NATO!” And do take pictures of the celebrations to make the moments last – send up to 10 briefly describes (up to 5 sentences) pictures (up to 1MB) by e-mail to:

[email protected]. We will make a gallery to enjoy the moments of the celebrations across Lithuania.

 

You are invited to use the following logo for your celebrations:

 

 

 

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NATO Day in the region

 

Five NATO Days are planned to be held in different regions of Lithuania in 2019 together with NATO soldiers deployed in Lithuania. Military personnel from 15 NATO allies currently serving in Lithuania will present the NATO organisation, its tasks and activities, share personal experience from their service and discuss collective defence, invite to view equipment and weaponry.

 

Commemorative events for the 15th Lithuania’s anniversary in NATO in Lithuania and abroad

 

Date

 

Location

Event

February - March

Vilnius

8-12 grades writing contest “We are NATO”

March 20

Gen Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Vilnius 

Baltic Military Conference 2019 "Learning to Defend: Adapting Western Experiences in the Baltics

March 26

Vytautas Magnus University,

Kaunas

 

Public discussion with Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius on Lithuania’s NATO membership

March 29

Municipalities of Lithuania

Events across cities and towns of Lithuania

15 years in NATO!

  

March 29

Savičius str.,

Vilnius

 

Savičius str. Community invites to celebrate #WeAreNATO15

March 30, 1200hrs

Simonas Daukantas Square, Vilnius

 

“15 Years in NATO!” celebration

March 31,

1400hrs

Jūratė and Kastytis Square, Palanga

 

Commemoration of Lithuania’s NATO membership

April 6,

1200hrs

Šiauliai

Traditional running event. Runway Run 2019 at the Lithuanian Air Force Base

 

March - May

 

Regions of Lithuania

Lectures, discussions on collective defence in schools

May 18

 

Tauragė

Military and Public Unity Day

March – September

Vilnius

Exam “What We Know about NATO” www.nato70.lt

 

March – November

Regions of Lithuania

NATO Day (5 events)

 

March 29

Yerevan, Armenia

Commemorative 15th Lithuania’s NATO anniversary photo exposition opened at the Embassy of Lithuania in Armenia

 

March -April

Lithuanian educational institutions

 

 

Vilnius

Battle of wits tournaments in Lithuanian schools

Creative photo contest “Mission: Peace”

6-word story about NATO contest

 

Public campaign for schoolchildren “What We Do Is For Peace” www.lvjc.lt

 

 

The event calendar will be updated, please follow.

 

 

 

Updated on: 2019.03.27
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