Lithuania 100

Today is the 100th anniversary of Lithuania’s declaration of independence from Germany, Russia, and Poland. The Act of Reinstating the Independence of Lithuania was signed on February 16, 1918, announcing the establishment of an independent, democratic Lithuanian state with Vilnius as its capital. A temporary draft of the constitution was adopted on November 2nd, and Germany finally lost control of Lithuania with the end of World War I.

The actual document was recently found in Berlin, the only surviving copy of the original declaration.

In honor of this anniversary, I plan to write several Lithuania-related posts throughout the year, both here and at Same Story, highlighting the stories, music, and history of my ancestors’ homeland.

In the meantime, please enjoy this unique rendition of the Lithuanian national anthem:



  1. Awesome video! I’m really looking forward to your future posts! They sound super interesting and I can’t wait to read them!

  2. I totally had no idea what was going to happen. I thought the guy was going to sing, and then I was worried the trains were going to move! But what they actually did was so cool! Thanks for sharing!

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