On 12 January the BALTDEFCOL family organized commemoration run “The Road of Life and Death” in the memory of the fallen Lithuanian Defenders of Freedom killed during the attack of Soviet military on 13th January 1991. BALTDEFCOL faculty members, students and their families gathered in the vicinity of Anne Canal to run and commemorate fallen brothers and sisters. The event started with honoring all the fallen Defenders of Freedom with a minute of silence. The participants of the run fulfilled the traditional distance of 9 km or shorter. All the runners were recognized with the commemorative medal.
The run on the “Road of Life and Death” is a traditional event in Lithuania that joins thousands of runners together, it is also organized all over the World where Lithuanian communities are located is organized since 1992. Thank you for the participation and honoring all the Defenders of Freedom.
On 13th of January 1991, during the attack of Soviet forces on Vilnius TV Tower and other institutions 14 Lithuanian Freedom Defenders were killed and about 1000 injured. Soviet units managed to capture few objects, but tens of thousands of mostly unarmed defenders managed to stop further attacks, protect Parliament and other institutions, which remained operational and led the independent state of Lithuania.
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