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Lithuanian independence commemorated

March 16. 2013 7:40PM
Story and photos by Tony Callaio

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The Knights of Lithuania, Council 143, Pittston, Friday conducted a ceremony commemorating the 95th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania's independence and the 22nd anniversary of the re-establishment of Lithuanian independence at Pittston City Hall.

Following the ceremony, the Lithuanian flag was raised at City Hall.

The program included citations from the Pennsylvania State Senate and House, Governor Corbett, as well as the City of Pittston.

In the aftermath of the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Council of Lithuania proclaimed the Act of Independence of Lithuania on Feb. 16, 1918.

The Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania or Act of March 11 was an independence declaration by the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic adopted on March 11, 1990.

A luncheon followed at the Lithuanian Citizens Social & Beneficial Club, Butler Street, Pittston.

Helen Roeber is president of the Knights of Lithuania Pittston council.

Bob Warnagiris and Yvonne Branas were the ceremony co-chairpersons.

Pittston Mayor Jason Klush and city council declared Feb. 15 Lithuanian Day in Pittston at the Jan. 16 council meeting.

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