Embrace Freedom the Baltic Way

  • 03:00 PM
  • Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn, Chicago

EmbraceFreedom1 Join the Vilnius Committee of CSCI for the rally “Embrace Freedom the Baltic Way” where Lithuanian-Americans will join with Latvians, Estonians, Ukrainians, and other freedom-loving Americans in this demonstration of unity and a rededication to freedom. Two significant anniversaries will be commemorated in Chicago on August 23, 2014. 75 years ago on August 23, 1939, the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was signed, ushering in the beginning of World War II. Fifty years later in 1989, the people of the three Baltic countries, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, joined hands in a human chain 650 kilometers long—the Baltic Way—which united the cities of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. This human chain demonstrated that tyranny did not crush the desire for freedom and independence of the Baltic people. If August 23, 1939, symbolizes the infamy of tyranny, then August 23, 1989, symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. Performers at the rally include Algirdas Kaušpėdas, Armands Birkens, Kristi Roosmaa Dainava, Suktinis, dancers from DanceDuo. In addition, the exhibit No Home To Go To: The Story of Baltic Displaced Persons will open in the lobby of Daley Center on the day of the rally. The exhibit is organized by the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture and its partners. It will explain the fate of political refugees from the Baltic countries during World War II, and it will be a vivid reminder of the consequences of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The rally is a joint project of the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago; the Lithuanian-American Community; the Honorary Consuls of Latvia and Estonia, along with the Latvian and Estonian communities of the Chicagoland area; and the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture.