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

2021-10-16

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With the participation of representatives of Lithuanian and Polish state institutions and the nobility, a memorial plaque was unveiled in Warsaw on October 16, 2021. This plaque is dedicated to the warriors of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) killed on November 4, 1794 while defending Warsaw from the tsarist Russian army.

The uprising that began in Poland and Lithuania and was led by General Tadeusz Kościuszko was intended to defend the May 3 Constitution and to oppose the second partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (PLC); unfortunately, it was severely suppressed by the Russian army.

The most tragic episode of this uprising is the so-called Battle of Praga, also known in Polish historiography as the Praga Massacre. A force of more than 20,000 was led by Russian generalissimus Alexander Suvorov. During the fierce battles, the Russian troops occupied the Warsaw suburb of Praga, on the left bank of the Vistula, which was defended by about 8,000 GDL warriors and 3 thousand soldiers of the Polish army, as well as about 5 thousand Warsaw townspeople. The exact figures are not known, but according to historians, during these battles most of the GDL soldiers defending Warsaw were killed especially brutally, as well as General Jokūbas Jasinskis, who commanded them, and about 20,000 civilian urban population. The joint defense of Warsaw was one of the most outstanding and dramatic episodes in the joint struggle of Lithuanians and Poles for the freedom of both nations.

The 1794 Battle of Praga was the last battle of the GDL army, because a few weeks later Russia finally suppressed the uprising, and after the third partition of the PLC in 1795, neither the GDL nor its army remained.

The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Poland, in order to commemorate the soldiers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, who died in the heroic struggle to defend Warsaw from Russian occupation, initiated the creation of a memorial plaque in the Praga district of Warsaw. The initiative was supported by representatives of the Sejm (parliament) of the Republic of Poland, of the Catholic Church, and of the the Association of The Descendants of the Union of Lublin Signatories. It was decided that such a plaque could be affixed to the wall of the Church of Our Lady of Loreto (Ratuszowa 5A St.) in the Praga district of Warsaw. By the way, the church is right next to the place where the GDL army had its redoubts during the battle. The plaque was crafted by the bishop of Warsaw Praga Romuald Kamiński, with the funds of the diocese.

At the invitation of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Republic of Poland, an official delegation of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility (LRUN) was present at the event, represented by LRUN Commander Perlis Vaisieta, LRUN Marshal Stasys Knystautas, LRUN Vice-Commander to Europe Dalia Martusevičiūtė, and LRUN Chancellor, Sigitas Dobilinskas.

After a mass at the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto, LRUN Commander, Perlis Vaisieta, presented to bishop Romuald Kamiński a special gift from the Lithuanian nobility, a replica of the 16-17th century ceramic tile bearing the coat of arms of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, whose restoration was funded by LRUN based on the original fragments found in the Lower Castle of the Palace of the Rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

In the ceremony, in which bishop R. Kamiński blessed the plaque, participated the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Poland Eduardas Borisov, members of the Seimas (parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania - prof. Valdas Rakutis and Rita Tamašunienė, delegation of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, representatives of the Ministry of National Defense of Lithuania, of the Ministry of National Defense of Poland, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, of the Union of Descendants of the Union of Lublin Signatories, and of other government and public organizations.



2021-07-17

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On July 17, 2021, the official delegation of the leadership of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility (LRUN was represented by the Commander Perlis Vaisieta, Marshal Stasys Knystautas, Chancellor Sigitas Dobilinskas) visited the Battlefield of Grunwald in Grunwald (Poland) and took part in the commemoration of the 611-th anniversary of the largest battle in the history of medieval Europe.

After the Polish and Lithuanian national anthems were sung, a solemn commemoration took place at the main monument to the Knights of Grunwald, during which the representatives of government and non-government organizations from Lithuania and Poland listened to congratulatory addresses by the Marshal of the Warmia and Mazury Voivodeship, Mr. Gustav Marek Brzezin, the ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania in Poland, Mr. Eduard Borisov, and the Vivoda of Warmia and Mazury Mr. Artur Chojecki.

Representatives of the delegations laid memorial wreaths at the main monument of Grunwald. Likewise, the official program of the event also included the laying of memorial wreaths at the Lithuanian Vytis monument “From the Lithuanian Nation for a Common Victory” erected last year by the LRUN and the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Together with the leaders of the Warmia and Mazury Voivodeship and the Lithuanian Ambassador to Poland, the wreaths were laid by the leadership of LRUN and the of the Armed Forces of Lithuania.

During the official reception, which took place at the Grunwald Museum of History, special gifts from the LRUN were presented to the Marshal of Warmia and Mazury, Gustav Marek Brzezin, the director of the Grunwald Museum, Dr. Szymon Drej and to the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Poland - replica of the 16-17th century ceramic tile bearing the coat of arms of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, whose restoration was funded by LRUN based on the original fragments found in the Lower Castle of the Palace of the Rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.



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, Commander of the Royal Union of Lithuanian Nobility, Stasys Knystautas, Marshal of the LBKS Senate, Kazys Mackevičius, Honorary Commander 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, Commander 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"!

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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.




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.




2019-11-29

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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, Commander 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 Commander 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 Commander 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 memorial 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 Commander 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-Commander 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 Commander 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.




2019-09-20 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 Commander of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility, 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






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