On the eve of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Warsaw Battle, the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda sent a letter to the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, in which he emphasized the historical importance of this victory and pointed to today's challenges in defending freedom.
According to the Lithuanian president, the victory in the 1920 battle "constantly reminds the whole of Europe that peace, freedom and independence are not given once and forever.” On the contrary, these values must be nurtured through daily efforts.
As the Lithuanian leader noted in his letter, the commemoration of the Battle of Warsaw is extremely important in the context of Europe’s current challenges, where countries still have to defend their territorial integrity and statehood. Recent events taking place in Belarus show that some states must still fight not only for the preservation of democracy and human rights, but also against the distortion of history and misinformation.
Nauseda informed the Polish President that he will not be able to participate in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Warsaw Battle due to changes in his agenda. Lithuania will most probably be represented at the celebrations in Warsaw by the speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, or Seimas, Viktoras Pranckietis.
Poles living in Lithuania are also preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw. The Polish Embassy in Lithuania invites people to take part in the celebrations of Polish Army Day, which will be held in the military headquarters at the mausoleum of Marshal Józef Piłsudski at Rasos cemetery in Vilnius. Saturday's ceremonies will also take place in Zalavas, the birthplace of Piłsudski. Wreaths and candles will be placed in the National Remembrance Avenue located in Zalavas, at the tables commemorating General Tadeusz Rozwadowski and the Battle of Warsaw.
The Polish Institute in Vilnius, together with the Polish Embassy, is going to hold a screening of the 1921 film 'Miracle on the Vistula' directed by Ryszard Bolesławski. The presentation will take place at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius.