Events in Lithuania on January 13, 1991

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Today I’m going to talk about events in Lithuania on January 13, 1991. This date in my country is known as a resistance to the Soviet Union oppression. Firstly, I’m going to present you the cruelest events of January 13th. People got scared when the Soviet tanks and soldiers encircled the TV tower in Vilnius. Tanks drove straight through lines of people gathered around the building. Nobody knew how this attack was going to end. On this day many people were hurt and fourteen Lithuanians were killed by the Soviet army. All victims, except the soldier, were awarded the Order of the Cross of Vytis because they heroically defended Lithuania’s freedom and independence. Secondly, I’m going to present my family’s memories about these events. During these events my parents were younger than I am now. They were only sixteen years old and they remember almost nothing about this day. My mother has said to me that she wasn’t scared since she didn’t know how serious it was. However, my grandmother remembers these events quite well. She has said to me that she started worrying when her husband, my grandfather, didn’t come back at home on time. She thought that something happened to him and was very relieved when he finally came back healthy at home. Finally, I’m going to talk about how January 13th is mentioned in Lithuania. On this day every year various events are organized in order to honor all people who defended Lithuania’s freedom and to remember all victims. About events of January 13th we also can hear during the news or to find out more about it from special TV shows or documental films. This day is also mentioned in my school. For instance, this year during the first lesson Math teacher lighted a candle and showed us a short video about this day events. To sum up, I’d say that January 13th should be important for every Lithuanian because it symbolizes our nation’s resolve and freedom of our country. These events showed us that we can protect our independence without...
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