Below, we list the most recent events and news both by LRUN-America, as well as those by LRUN in Lithuania.

Pease note: many of these events are also listed, in the Lithuanian language, on the LRUN website at: https://www.lbks.lt/lt/veikla/metrastis.


2020-08-23

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Commemorating the anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the members of LRUN joined almost 50,000 citizens and residents of Lithuania in the 33-kilometre live chain "Freedom Road to Belarus", stretching from the Vilnius Cathedral all the way to the border with Belarus at Medininkai.

This event was a show of solidarity with the people of Belarus in their struggle against the oppresive dictatorship of Aliaxander Lukashenka and in their yearning for freedom and for their European future.

The members of LRUN were positioned right at the border with Belarus. They bore Lithuanian and Belarusian flags, as well as the flags of their family coats of arms.

Youtube video of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM37d03gr1U


2020-07-25

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The Commander of the Navy, Admiral Arūnas Mockus of the Fleet, invited the representatives of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility to participate in the traditional Sea Festival 2020 event.

The wreaths for the descent into the Baltics were consecrated in the Mary Queen of Peace Church in Klaipėda, honoring those who died at sea. President of the Republic of Lithuania G. Nausėda and his wife, Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Lithuania V. Rupšys, Mayor of Klaipėda City V. Grubliauskas and other high-ranking officials of the Republic of Lithuania and representatives of Klaipėda Seaport took part in the ceremony on the mine ship "Kuršis". The Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility was represented by LRUN Marshal S. Knystautas and LRUN Western Lithuania Branch Head J. Mockus. During the ceremony, further close relations and cooperation between the Armed Forces of the Republic of Lithuania, the Navy, and the LRUN were discussed.

Thanks to J. Mockus, the head of the Western Lithuania branch, we had a great opportunity to enjoy the moments of the celebration, to watch the parade of historic ships on the Dane River.


2020-07-15

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A memorial stone dedicated to the 610th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald was erected in Grunwald.

On this day, a delegation of the highest level of Lithuania and Poland arrived at the solemn commemoration on the battlefield of Grunwald. The official event dedicated to the historic victory of Lithuanians and Poles was attended by: President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, Marshal of the Polish Parliament. Grand Master of the Order of the Virgin Mary Hospital Frank Bayard, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis, Minister of the Interior Rita Tamašunienė, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Poland Eduardas Borisovas, other honorable politicians, as well as representatives of various embassies, of the Church, of the army and foreign guests. Among the invited guests were the creators, initiators, and main organizers of the Grunwald Monument Project: representatives of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, the Officer Club of the Vilnius Garrison of the Lithuanian Army and the Lithuanian Armed Forces Reserve Soldiers' Association.

The Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility was represented by Perlis Vaisieta, Headman of the Royal Union of Lithuanian Nobility, Stasys Knystautas, Marshal of the LBKS Senate, Kazys Mackevičius, Honorary Headman of VKBS, Elona Varanauskienė, Head of VKBS, LRUN Senators from Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda and Šiauliai. After the Polish Army Orchestra performed the anthems of the Republics of Poland and Lithuania, Marshal Gustaw Marek Brzezin of the Warmian and Masurian Voivodeship gave an introductory speech.

After the congratulatory speeches, the heads of state and prime ministers laid wreaths at the main memorial to the victims of the Battle of Grunwald. After the Polish Army Choir performed a solemn medieval hymn "Bogurodzica" ("Mother of God"), an official ceremony of unveiling a monumental stone with the Lithuanian Vytis dedicated to the 610th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Grunwald took place. The monument was consecrated by Metropolitan Edmund Piszcz, Archbishop of Warmia, and Darius Trijonis, Bishop of Vilnius Archdiocese.

At the end of the ceremony, the initiators of the monument---Perlis Vaisieta, Headman of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, Col. Romas Žibas, the Leader of the Officer Club of the Vilnius Garrison of the Lithuanian Army, and Capt. Bronius Zaronskis, President of the Reserve Soldiers Association of the Lithuanian Armed Forces--- were invited to place a special memorial capsule for future generations under the monument. Symbolic - this capsule is a shell of a projectile fired by the artillery of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, which contains the monument project, the agreement between Lithuania and Poland on the construction of the monument, as well as a list of all Lithuanian people of good will who contributed to the creation of the project.

Let the Lithuanian Vytis stand forever in the field of Grunwald, reminding of the heroic work of our ancestors between Tanenberg and Grunwald, may the record remain in the stone and in our hearts forever: "From the Lithuanian nation for a common victory"!

Reports:


2020-07-04

At the fifth meeting of the Senate of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, which took place in Klaipėda:

  • The Operating Procedures of the Council of Legitimization were approved with the proposed amendments;
  • A working group was formed to prepare new regulations for awarding the title of Honorary Noble: senators Elona Varanauskienė, Dalia Teišerskytė, Algimantas Jazdauskas;
  • Regulations for the award of an Honorary Member have been approved;
  • A working group was formed to prepare new regulations of the Court of Honor: senators Tauras Budzys, Dalia Teišerskytė, Diana Valskienė;
  • The procedure for admitting new members to LRUN has been approved;
  • The procedure for LRUN agreements has been approved;
  • 39 newly legitimized persons were approved: 19 from Vilnius, 4 from Kaunas, 13 from Šiauliai and 3 from the Western Lithuania branch;
  • It was adopted to annul the nobility of Sigute Jazukevičienė (a member of the LRUN since November 26, 2005, recognized as a noble lady through her husband, register No. 2094, coat of arms “Ostoja”), taking into account the request received on 2020 April 14 from Vytautas Jazukevičius (LRUN member since 2004 No. 1761, coat of arms “Ostoja”) to remove his ex-wife Sigutė Jazukevičienė from LRUN members and to annul her nobility;
  • LRUN treasurer Laima Bartkienė presented LRUN financial report;
  • The Headman of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, Perlis Vaisieta, spoke about the work done;
  • On the recommendation of LRUN Marshal Stasys Knystautas, it was decided to award the title of Honorary Noble to Mr. Perlis Vaisieta, the Headman of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, for special merits to the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, the Republic of Lithuania, and the society;
  • At the suggestion of Senator Mečislovas Juris of the Union of Nobility of Šiauliai Region, it was decided to ask the government to award state awards to the following persons: Perlis Vaisieta, LRUN Headman, Col. Romas Žibas, the Leader of the Officer Club of the Vilnius Garrison of the Lithuanian Army, the Ambassador of the Repiblic of Lithuania in Poland, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Lithuania, the Commander of Lithuanian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys,farmer Afred Aidukas;
  • Several options for the Nobility Recognition Act (NRA) were considered, according to the proposal of the Nobility Union of the Vilnius Region, a temporary commission for the adjustment of the LRUN statutes was formed, and other issues were discussed.


2020-05-26

LRUN submitted a press release about the transportation of the monument to Grunwald.

The press release: "Lithuania begins to commemorate the 610th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald"


2020-05-22

LRUN has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with the leadership of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The agreement envisions far-reaching activities and initiatives designed to further foster our Fatherland's security, stability, and success.


2020-02-15

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At the fourth meeting of the Senate of the Royal Union of Lithuanian Nobility, which took place in Tauragė:

  • the adjustment of the statutes of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility was discussed, - adjustments did not pass;
  • a working group was formed for the publication of the second volume of the encyclopedic publication “Lithuanian Nobles”: Rimantas Stukas (supervisor), Perlis Vaisieta, Aura Bartaševičienė, Dalia Teišerskytė, Leonas Peleckis Kaktavičius, Gražina Šimoliūnienė;
  • the procedure for payment and distribution of the legitimation fee has been approved, leaving the total fee amount unchanged;
  • The approval of the operating procedures of the Legitimacy Council was postponed to the next meeting;
  • the budget of the Union has been formulated and approved;
  • it was decided to allow the establishment of chapters of the Union in the United States.

After the Senate meeting, the head of the Tauragė County Nobility Society A. Stankus conducted an interesting tour of Tauragė.


2019-12-16

One of the partners of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility was honored at the Lithuanian National Gallery - the director of the Polish Institute in Vilnius, the first adviser of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Lithuania, Mr. Marcin Łapczyński.

Taking into account the strategically significant political, cultural, and historical partnership between Lithuania and Poland and the active cooperation of the Polish Institute in Vilnius with the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, Mr. M. Łapczyński was awarded the title of Honorary Member of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, according to the Decree # 2019-03.


2019-12-07

At the third meeting of the Senate of the Royal Union of Lithuanian Nobility:

  • the motifs and the statement of the Vilnius Region Nobility Union regarding the revision and amendment of the statutes of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility was considered; it was proposed to prepare a comparative text;
  • the 2020 financing policy of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility was approved;
  • A working group has been formed (Linijus Baškys, Chairman of the LBKS Legitimation Council, Chancellor Rimantas Stukas, Senator Gražina Sakalauskienė, Senator / Treasurer Laima Bartkienė), which group must, by January 31, 2020, prepare and submit to the Senate the amount of the legitimation fee, the procedure of payment and distribution of the proceeds;
  • it was decided to refrain from the decision to participate in the activities of the NOCC, to resolve the issue of participation in the future;
  • the issue of preparation of regulations and provisions in accordance with the Articles of Association of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility was discussed; persons responsible for the preparation of draft documents by February 29, 2020 were appointed;
  • it was decided to oblige the senator (architect) of the Union Jurgis Kameneckas to prepare the drafts of the Legitimation Act of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility and submit them to the senators for consideration and approval by March 15, 2020;
  • it was decided to publish the magazine "Lietuvos bajoras" ("The Lithuanian Nobleman") in 500 copies in 2020;
  • it was decided to hold the next meeting of the Senate in Tauragė.


2019-11-29

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An agreement was signed in Olsztyn (Poland) for the construction of a monumental stone with the Lithuanian Vytis in Grunwald, where the 610th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald will be commemorated in July 2020.

The agreement was signed by the initiators and organizers of the project: Perlis Vaisieta, Headman of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, Col. Romas Žibas, the Leader of the Officer Club of the Vilnius Garrison of the Lithuanian Army, and Capt. Bronius Zaronskis, President of the Reserve Soldiers Association of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, as well as the project partners - the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Poland Eduardas Borisovas and the Director of the Grunwald Museum Dr. Szymon Drej. The celebrations of the unveiling of the monument, which are expected to be attended by the top leaders of Lithuania and Poland, are scheduled for July 18, 2020.

Article about this event: https://pl.mfa.lt/pl/lt/naujienos/2020-metu-liepa-zalgirio-musio-lauke-bus-pastatytas-paminklinis-akmuo-nuo-lietuviu-tautos.


2019-11-28

A cooperation agreement was signed in Vilnius between the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility and the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts in order to foster professional music and art culture, protect and popularize the cultural heritage and traditions of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The agreement was signed by LRUN Headman Perlis Vaisieta and the Principal of the M.K. Čiurlionis School of Arts Romualdas Kondrotas.


2019-11-28

Cooperation between the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility and Vilnius City Municipality was discussed. On November 28, 2019, an official meeting of the leadership of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility took place in Vilnius with the Mayor of Vilnius City Municipality Remigijus Šimašius and the Deputy Director of the Administration Rita Balčiūnienė. The Union was represented by its Headman Perlis Vaisieta and Chancellor Rimantas Stukas. During the meeting, the activities of the Union, the main directions of activities and the most important planned events were presented. Possible wider cooperation between the Union and Vilnius City Municipality was discussed.


2019-11-22

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The Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility participated in the funeral ceremony of the leaders of the 1863-1864 rebellion. On that occasion, the LRUN leadership initiated the creation of heraldic flags of the rebel leaders Konstantinas Kalinauskas (Kalinowa coat of arms) and Zigmantas Sierakauskas (Dolęga coat of arms).

The Chancellery of the Republic of Lithuania, having appreciated the active work and and involvement of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility in fostering historical memory, invited LBKS Management---LRUN Headman Perlis Vaisietas, LRUN Senate Marshal and Head of the Kaunas Region Nobility Union Stasys Knystautas, and LRUN Vice-Headwoman for Culture and the Leader of the Vilnius Region Nobility Union Elona Varanauskienė.

Article about this event: https://vilnius.lbks.lt/index.php/metrastis/98-2019-m-kronika.


2019-11-13

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The Grand Duchy of Lithuania---all roads lead to Vilnius!

The first edition of a series of annual events, called "The Grand Duchy of Lithuania---all roads lead to Vilnius!" Took place at the Palace of the Rulers of The Grand Duchy of Lithuania at an evening dedicated to the upcoming 700-year anniversary of the city of Vilnius, which we will be commemorating in 2023. This year's program is "GDL - in music, poetry, songs".

The international annual project was initiated and organized by the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility together with the Palace of the Rulers of The Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The partners of the idea are the Polish Institute in Vilnius, the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus, the Embassy of Ukraine, the Ministries of National Defense and Foreign Affairs, the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Vilnius City Municipality.

The following officials were special guests: Ambassador Šarūnas Adomavičius, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus Valery Baranovsky, Cultural Adviser of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus Irina Zubko, Director of the Polish Institute in Vilnius Marcin Łapczyński, Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine Dmitro Serov, Chief Counselor of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Danguolė Bičkauskienė, Director of the Operations Department of the Minisry of Defense Salvina Taukinaitienė, members of the Seimas and the diplomatic corps of the Republic of Lithuania, members of the Vilnius Rotary Club, the NOCC and other public organizations, guests and citizens of Vilnius.

The Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility plans to hold the second edition of the event "The Grand Duchy of Lithuania---All Roads Lead to Vilnius!" on November 11, 2020 at the Palace of the Rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. This is an event dedicated to the retrospective of the history of Lithuania, Belarus, Poland and Ukraine in the context of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

A short Youtube video from this event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMX9bxIcjIQ




2019-10-11

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The Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility congratulates Mr. Stanley Balzekas, Jr., a new member of LRUN, a prominent member of the Lithuanian diaspora in the United States, a promoter and preserver of the Lithuanian culture and history, and a businessman, on the occasion of his 95th birthday.

On June 6, 2019, Mr. Stanley Balzekas, Jr. was legitimized as a representative of the Gregaravičius family, Lubicz Coat of Arms.

On October 11, 2019, The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago hosted a ceremony and a ball for the annual "Man of the Year" award. Every year, the Board of Directors of the museum elects a person who has made great contributions to Lithuania and Lithuanianness, who actively promotes Lithuanian culture and history in the United States of America, and who otherwise helps Lithuania. This time, such "Man of the Year" was Mr. Stanley Balzekas, Jr. himself, the founder and president of the museum. The date of the event coincided with an honorable birthday on October 8: Mr. Stanley Balzekas, Jr. turned 95.

During the solemn event, the Vice-Headman of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility in North and South America, Prof. Robert Savickas performed the ceremony of the Nobleman's Oath, used a cavalry sword to perform the ceremony of reinstating the title of nobility to Mr. Balzekas and pinned to his lapel the Lubicz coat of arms badge. Prof. Robert Savickas also announced that LRUN has awarded the title of an Honorary Nobleman to Mr. Balzekas for special merits to Lithuanian culture and Lithuanian patriotism of the diaspora. Prof. Savickas pinned the badge of an Hohorary Nobleman on Mr. Balzekas' lapel.


2019-10-08

The Headman of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, Perlis Vaisieta, announced his appeal to the Lithuanians of the World regarding the future of the Homeland, closer interconnection, preservation and nurturing of national and historical values, and support for ongoing projects commemorating and perpetuating the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

The text of this appeal in Lithuanian and English: Please click here, or the "Worldwide Appeal" link above.


2019-09-28

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At the second meeting of the Senate, the following transpired:

  • topical issues of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility were discussed;
  • the operating procedures (Statute) of the Senate were approved;
  • the financing procedure previously in force in the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility was approved for year 2019;
  • it was decided to continue publishing the magazine "Lietuvos bajoras" ("The Lithuanian Nobleman");
  • a circulation of 500 copies was established, with the following distribution: Vilnius region - 220 copies, Kaunas region - 100 copies, Šiauliai region - 100 copies, Klaipėda region - 40 copies, Tauragė region - 40 copies;
  • it was decided to print Volume II of the encyclopedia "Nobles of Lithuania". The leaders of LRUN regions and persons authorized in the regions are responsible for organizing the submission of materials and photos;
  • proposals on the 2019-2020 activities of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility were presented by LRUN Headman P. Vaisieta, as well as senators of Kaunas, Vilnius, Šiauliai, Tauragė, Klaipėda regions;
  • it was decided to issue an appeal to all Lithuanians around the world regarding the future of the Homeland, closer mutual relations, preservation and fostering of national-historical values, support for ongoing projects commemorating and perpetuating the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. LRUN Headman Perlis Vaisieta and Senator Dalia Teišerskytė are obliged to prepare and send the address text to the Lithuanians around the world.


2019-09-20 to 2019-09-30

A group of members of LRUN took part in a thematic tour of Italy "In the Footsteps of Queen Bona Sforza d’Aragona."


2019-07-07

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On the occasion of King Mindaugas' coronation day, the inauguration of the elected Headman of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobles, Perlis Vaisieta, and the ceremony of awarding acts of nobility recognition took place in the Vilnius Archcathedral Basilica and the Palace of the Rulers. Holy Mass was conducted for the living and dead nobles of all Lithuania. The Čiurlionis String Quartet played in the festive concert.

More about the event: https://www.lbks.lt/LRUN/index.php/lt/20-naujienos/35-lbks-vado-inauguracija-ir-bpa-iteikimas


2019-06-09

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The following transpired at the meeting of the Seimas:

  • a cooperation agreement was signed with the Šiauliai Region Nobility Union;
  • Perlis Vaisieta was unanimously elected and confirmed as the Headman of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility;
  • the oath text was approved;
  • senators from the LRUN regions were elected;
  • the Commission of the Audit, Court of Honor, Legitimization Council were elected;
  • stasys Knystautas was confirmed as the Marshal of the Senate, Dalia Teišerskytė - Chairman of the Court of Honor, Linijus Baškys - Chairman of the Legitimization Council;
  • Vice-Hedmen and Vice-Headwomen were appointed: Elona Varanauskienė - for matters of culture, Dominykas Bartkus - for organizational matters, Edita Dargevičiūtė - for youth, Lina Keršytė - for legal affairs, Dalia Martusevičiūtė - for European Union countries, Robert Savickas - for North and South America, Ilona Sapinska - Honorary Ambassador to Poland;
  • Rimantas Stukas was appointed Chancellor, Vidmantas Kažukauskas was appointed Chief Flag Officer, Laima Bartkienė was appointed Treasurer;
  • 31 legitimized members were approved (four of them - based to the second family): Vilnius (VKBS) - 19, Kaunas (LBKKS) - 5, Šiauliai (ŠKBS) - 7.




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