7 Jul 2007

PR# 2007-519

Lithuanians mark Statehood Day

CHAGHCHARAN, Afghanistan – Lithuanian soldiers at Provincial Reconstruction Team Chaghcharan celebrated Valstybes diena—Statehood Day—July 6, marking the coronation of King Mindaugas in the 13th century.

“I congratulate everybody, especially Lithuanians, on our Statehood Day,” said Col. Dalius Polekauskas. 

King Mindaugas created Lithuania and built political, economic and cultural bridges to Europe.  After being baptized in Rome by Pope Innocent IV, Mindaugas became king July 6, 1253.

“At the present time, Lithuania, a member of the European Union and NATO, is meeting challenges that open whole new vistas,” said 1st Lt. Vida Urbonaite, PRT Chaghcharan spokesman.  “There are exciting prospects for comprehensive development and deepening of relations with the world community.”

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