PITTSTON — Members of the Knights of Lithuania Council 143 and the Lithuanian Citizens Social and Beneficial Club met on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at city hall to commemorate the Independence of Lithuania.
Approximately 30 people were in attendance to celebrate the 98th anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence and the 26th anniversary of the re-establishment of Lithuania’s Independence.
The event was curated by Knights of Lithuania Council 143 President Dennis Palladino. The council received three different proclamations throughout the program.
The Pittston City proclamation from Mayor Jason Klush was presented by City Administrator Joe Moskowitz. A proclamation was presented by Cindy Vogue on behalf of state Sen. John Yudichak. State Rep. Michael Carroll was on hand to present a proclamation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
During the ceremony, Knights of Lithuania Trustee Ronald Voveris led the group in singing the National Anthem. Next, Mansfield Mayor Tom Wierbowski, a Knights of Lithuania member, led the singing of the Lithuanian National Anthem. Voveris also recited his poem, “America and Lithuania.”
Fr. Peter Tomczak, the Spirital Advisor of the Knights of Lithuania Council 143 provided the opening and closing remarks.
Following the event, the Lithuanian flag was raised next to the American flag, which sits adjacent to city hall. After the ceremony, a lunch was served at the Lithuanian Citizens Club on Butler Street in Pittston. The Knights of Lithuania meet on the second Sunday of every other month at St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.