Tribute run

Tribute run

On the 11th of January the group of BALTDEFCOL members took part in commemorative run to pay tribute to the victims of the bloody events in the Lithuanian capital in January 1991.
The event started with the welcome words of the Commandant of the BALTDEFCOL MG V. Vaikšnoras and a moment of silence in honour of the victims of the events.

The multinational group of runners mainly consisted of Lithuanian officers working or studying at the BALTDEFCOL, and several representatives from Estonia, United States as well as Tartu Lithuanian community.

Even though the 9 km track chosen was quite a challenge for the runners neither bad weather nor slippery road conditions could stop them. All the participants were warmly supported by the Tartu Lithuanian community and their family members.

Fourteen unarmed civilians were killed and more than 1,000 were injured during the attempts of the Soviet army and special units to seize the TV Tower and the Lithuanian Radio and Television building in Vilnius on 13 January 1991.

Photos by Sigita Matuliavičienė


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