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Ūkio ministro E. Gusto kalba Vasario 16-osios minėjime JAV


2014 03 06


Distinguished guests, dear ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to begin my address with the words of writer Gustav Freytag ‘A small miniature portrait of his nation exists in the heart of every human‘.

This evening, it is my great pleasure to celebrate the 16th of February with my nation and our close friends. Once again, many thanks to all of you for coming here to pay tribute to the Independence of Lithuania.

The Lithuanians from the entire world made considerable efforts to help achieve the Independence of Lithuania. They also did a lot to help Lithuania gain respectable positions in the international area. And the Lithuanian American Community, which is marked for its intense political activities, did the vitally important part of this job.

The Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union demonstrated that we are strong. This means that we are ready and able to assume our commitments and carry out the responsibilities.  Because we know how difficult has been the way towards becoming a free, open, challenge-confronting and recognised country in the world. 

According to President Barak Obama, ‘greatness is never a given. It must be earned’. These words are addressed to the United States of America but also perfectly fit for Lithuania. We may be proud of our past and of ourselves. And it is important that we hand on the Lithuanian heritage, culture and the love for our homeland to the future generations.

The creation of strong, modern and dynamic state requires all our efforts. In a Day like this, we are proud that we are the nation, which is famous for basketball, arts, laser, bio technologies and, certainly, our unity and aspiration for freedom. 

At the end I would like to thank the US Embassy in Vilnius and the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington. The two embassies play an important role in representing and promoting cooperation between our countries. We appreciate and value our cooperation and support. I hope that we will work together in the same manner in the future.

So once again – congratulations on the occasion of the 16th of February!