Several European leaders gathered in Vilnius on Friday, as Lithuania celebrated the centenary of the declaration of its independence. “Today we remember with pride and deep gratitude all those who brought our country back from oblivion and laid the foundation for a modern Lithuania,” said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite during a flag raising ceremony of the three Baltic States in front... Еще of the Presidential Palace. She also noted that “attempts were made to stop and destroy us, to obliterate, by force, our memories of the First Republic.” The ceremony was attended by several European and world leaders, including Ukrainian and Polish Presidents Petro Poroshenko and Andrzej Duda. The anniversary of the Restored State of Lithuania is celebrated to mark 16 February 1918, the day the Act of Independence of Lithuania was signed. The declaration proclaimed the restoration of an independent state as the country seceded from the Russian Empire.