November 23 is Lithuanian Armed Forces Day. It was marked across Lithuania with line-ups, parades, exhibitions, social events. It is also marked in foreign military representations, international headquarters and operations, wherever there are Lithuanian military personnel serving.
“The recent events in Lithuania and the world has shown that the limit between war and peace has been blurred. The numbers of peacetime tasks have increased. We have come to the aid of the institutions fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1000 troops are assisting divisions of the Ministry of the Interior in the fight against irregular migration. I have seen even more clearly the scope of the heroic work the troops are doing when visiting the border area. They patrol, build the fence, stand ready to respond , support, do anything required to make sure the tasks given to them are fulfilled impeccably.
Troops, you have demonstrate your professionalism and concentration in countering the developing challenges. Yet you don’t walk away from your central missions – readiness to ensure armed defence of Lithuania. Maintenance of combat readiness. And our commitments to the allies,” said Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys to the lined up troops on the Cathedral Square in Vilnius at the Armed Forces Day celebration event.
The main Armed Forces Day event at the Cathedral Square in Vilnius was attended by President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Gitanas Nausėda who congratulated the military, also, by top leadership of the Armed Forces and the state, and the line-up was formed by platoons representing all the services and subdivisions flying their colours. After the line-up, the troops paraded down Gediminas Avenue.
The date was celebrated across Lithuania: the flag of the Order of the Cross of Vytis was hoisted at the Vytautas the Great War Museum, on the eve, the it was marked in Klaipeda with a parade of 15 platoons and 14 military vehicles representing the Navy, Jonas Karolis Chodkevičius “Griffin” Motorized Infantry Brigade, 3rd Territorial Unit of Žemaičiai Military District of the National Defence Volunteer Force. It was also the first time the Armed Forces Day parade has ever been joined by a unit on behalf of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 with the flag of NATO and a platoon of Klaipėda Navy Cadet School with the school flag.
23 November 1918 is recognised as the day of the Lithuanian Armed Forces re-establishment, this year, the 103rd anniversary is observed.