On February 16, Lithuania celebrates its first independence day. This afternoon I attended the independence commemoration in front of the Signatories’ House. In this building, a group of Lithuanian intellectuals signed the a declaration of independence from Imperial Russia on February 16, 1918. On March 11, 1990, another group of Lithuanians signed a declaration to re-establish independence and in doing so became the first republic to break away from the Soviet Union.
Vytautas Landsbergis, first head of state and chairman of Parliament for independent Lithuania in 1990, gives a speech on the balcony of the Signatories’ House.