Presidents and Lithuanian Independence Day Ceremonies

Join Town President Larry Dominick and the Board of Trustees as they partner with the Office of Special Events for a commemoration of the American Presidency and honoring the Lithuanian Independence anniversary.

Starting at 11am on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Cicero Community Center, the ceremony will commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Act of Independence of Lithuania, establishing the State of Lithuania after World War I when the Germans occupied the Lithuanian territories of the Russian Empire. The Baltic nation existed as it’s own entity until World War II, when Nazi-led Germany occupied the region during it’s invasion of the Soviet Union until the end of the war, when the communist nation absorbed Lithuania, as well as Estonia and Latvia, as states inside it’s socialist union. Today, Lithuanians globally celebrate Feb. 16 as the Restoration of the State Day¬† and March 11, the anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union, as the Restoration of Independence Day.

As has been tradition, the anniversary commemoration is paired with the honoring of another holiday, Presidents Day. Formally known as George Washington’s Birthday, Presidents Day has become a celebration of mixed understanding. Some states honor the two greatest presidents born in February: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Meanwhile, several states designate the federal holiday as a day to honor all American presidents. Illinois recognizes the holiday as George Washington’s Birthday while celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as a separate holiday on Feb. 12.