>Commemorating Defenders of the Freedom of Lithuania
Every year, on January 13th, Lithuania commemorates the day of Freedom
Defenders to honour the 14 unarmed civilians who died to defend the national
recovery of independence. For 30 years, the Lithuanian Runners Association,
the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence have
annually organized the Honor Run event. In Vilnius, the participants run a
symbolic distance of 9 km, which starts at the memorial burial grounds and
ends at the Vilnius TV Tower.
On the same day, the Lithuanian members of the Baltic Defence College
(BALTDEFCOL) family organized their own commemorative run in the memory of the
killed in the defence of Lithuanian Freedom on 13th January 1991.
BALTDEFCOL faculty members, students and their families gathered in the
vicinity of Anne Canal to run and commemorate this significant historical
event together with Lithuanian friends. Prior to the run, a short brief was
provided to describe the events that happened in 1991 in Lithuania.
All the participants were hosted with hot tea, some pastry and were recognized
with the commemorative medal. Thank you all for supporting and respecting each
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On 17th November, the Commandant of the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm, and the Commandant of the Estonian Military Academy (EMA) Colonel Vahur Karus signed a Letter of Intent on Cooperation. Read more...
The state of Latvia was proclaimed on 18 November 1918. Its existence, however, had to be defended against the supporters of former German and Russian empires and the Red Army of Soviet Russia. This military conflict was later named the Latvian War of Independence. The period between the Proclamation of the Independent Republic of Latvia on 18 November 1918 and 11 November 1919 was one of the most complicated periods in Latvia's history as battles were still raging for the independence of the newly-born country. Only in 1919, it became clear that Latvia is truly independent when the Russian Army was driven from Riga during the Latvian War of Independence. A significant fact - the Latvian fighters were less in number and worse equipped than their opponents. They are deemed to have earned victory thanks to their bravery and heroic spirit, the support of the Allies, as well as the lack of initiative and poor organisation of the Russian Army. Read more...