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The Freedom Picnic in Washington, D.C. – August 26, 2017
August 23rd marks the 78th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. This non-aggression treaty between Nazi Germany and the USSR was a secret agreement regarding the division of Central and Eastern Europe. On this day 28 years ago, close to 2 million Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians joined hands to form a living chain, on the Baltic Way and sang “Bunda jau Baltija”. Beginning last year, thousands of Lithuanians gathered on the Nemunas Island for “The Freedom Picnic” to generate ideas for Lithuania. „Valstybė – tai aš“ is not only the motto of this year’s festival, but is also the goal of the festival where everyone can contribute to the creation of our state.
Currently, all around the world, there are nearly a million Lithuanians making considerable contributions to the development of Lithuania. On August 26th, many Lithuanians around the world will be celebrating the cause of freedom, marking the anniversary of the Baltic Way. We invite you to join us in celebrating with the global Lithuanian community August 26th from 11 am to 1 pm, for a spontaneous picnic at Meridian Hill Park near the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Even during Soviet occupation, the Lithuanian Embassy stayed open, and the determination of Lithuanian Americans to seek freedom for Lithuania must be our inspiration and work today. So we invite you – big and small, locals and guests – to come together, share a sandwich, and spend some time together on the park’s meadows because the spirit of community is our strength.
An important current event is the Lithuanian Parliament’s unsolicited “Lithuanian passport” initiative and of the Parliament’s appeal to the Ministry of the constitutional court on the issue of maintenance of nationality as well as the duties of Lithuanian citizens regarding conscription in light of the “Zapad” Exercises near Lithuania’s borders. Also of note is the the upcoming centenary of the restoration of Lithuania’s state next year. Our own Rimvydas Baltaduonis, who is Vice President of our local Washington, D.C. chapter of the Lithuanian-American Community and Chairman of the Commission of the World Lithuanian Community, will be happy to share the latest information from the congress of Lithuanian communities and youth union leaders that occurred in Panevezys in July.
You can find the latest information on the Freedom Picnic in Washington, D.C. HERE:
EU Open House – May 13, 2017
DCLAC will be at the Lithuanian Embassy (address: 2622 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009) to welcome you to the European Union (EU) Open House 10AM-4PM on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Come and enjoy the EU in DC!
DCLAC Annual Meeting – March 16, 2017
DCLAC Annual Meeting to be held at the Lithuanian Embassy (address: 2622 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009) at 7PM on Thursday, March 16, 2017.
1. DCLAC annual report,
2. DCLAC 2016 financial report,
3. Report from the LAC Board of Directors Annual Convention,
4. Elections of DCLAC Board,
5. Open forum regarding activities for 2017 and beyond.
*Since the meeting will take place at the Lithuanian Embassy, all participating members must register in advance by sending an email to email@example.com.
Day of Restoration of Lithuanian Independence – March 11
The traditional Mass at the magnificent St. Matthew‘s Cathedral (Address: 1725 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036) to commemorate Lithuania‘s freedom and independence will be offered at 10AM on March 12, 2017. Don’t miss an opportunity to sing the Lithuanian National Anthem with the Cathedral’s choir. We invite children to dress in Lithuanian national costume or Scout uniforms. Anyone else who wishes to dress in national costume is most welcome to do so!
Lithuania’s Independence Day – February 16th
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Washington DC Lithuanian-American Community (DCLAC) and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States of America cordially invite you to celebrate the Day of Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence together:
9:00 a.m. The Holy Mass and prayer for Lithuania in the Basilica (Address: 400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017)
9:00-10:00 a.m. Registration at the Catholic University of America – Caldwell Auditorium (Address: 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20064)
10:00 a.m. Official program and concert:
– Opening remarks by the Ambassador of Lithuania H.E. Rolandas Kriščiūnas
– Keynote remarks by the Lithuanian-American Community President Sigita Šimkuvienė-Rosen
– Performance by students of Kristijonas Donelaitis Lithuanian School and Lithuanian School of Washington
12:00 p.m. Social hour with Lithuanian food
Entry fee is $10/person; free for children. No entry fee for those who cannot pay.
Annual membership renewal $20/person (and donations) may be made to the Lithuanian-American Community of Washington, DC (DCLAC). Tax-deductible donations may be made to the Lithuanian American Community of the USA (LAC) Please note: effective this year, you may also donate online via PayPal HERE.
We look forward to seeing you!
The Ambassador’s Basketball Cup 2016
Šiluva Chapel in Washington 50 Year Jubilee
For more details about the many planned events go HERE.
We are happy to WELCOME everyone to Washington, DC!
Meeting Our Candidates for the Lithuanian Parliament
The language of the event will be Lithuanian. More on where, when and how go HERE.
On Lithuania’s Statehood Day, July 6, Lithuanians around the world, wherever they live, gather to sing their National Anthem. In 2016, Washington DC Lithuanians assembled in Lafayette Square near the White House: