- July 7, 2014
7th Home Army’s Brigade in the House of the Polish Culture in Vilnius
Yesterday ( July 6th), after the Rossas, the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the ”Gate of Dawn” military operation were moved to the House of the Polish Culture in Vilnius. The participants, among whom there were numerous genuine participants of the operation, could watch a show of the Polish Theatre Study in Vilnius and a documentary entitled ” Ways to the Gate of Dawn”.
The show of the Theatre Study in Vilnius was prepared to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ”Gate of Dawn” military operation, ”In the honour of those who, sparse around the world, will never come to us”. ” While looking at the young ones that come, I think they are the actual 7th Brigade of Vilnius. I don’t think they will let anyone down. In difficult moments they will always be themselves. Their effort, their devotion will not be in vain.”- said the theatre manageress and director of the show, Lilija Kiejzik.
Later, the guests were presented with a film ”Ways to the Gate of Dawn”, commemorating those events. ”I suppose they had had good intentions when sharing those stories. These gentlemen, opening themselves for the first time, were real heroes.”- said Ewa Szakalicka, the director of the film. ”My assumption, also as a film maker was that they constituted a subjective element. Their stories were truly touching.”- Szakalicka added.
-10 a.m- solemn flowers-placing and votive candles-lighting at the monument in Bogusze and at 11a.m.- on the graves of the Home Army soldiers in Skorbuciany (departure from Vilnius at 9 a.m.)
-10 a.m.-combatants and Polish guests place flowers and light votive candles at the monument in Krawczuny
-12 a.m- solemn flowers-placing and votive candles-lighting in Vilnius Calvary
-2 p.m.- solemn flowers-placing and votive candles-lighting in the Vilnius Colony by the ZPL( Association of Polish People in Lithuania) delegates
-4.30 p.m.- homage to the Home Army soldiers paid by the ZPL delegates at the stellar commemorating the 70th anniversary of the ”’Gate of Dawn” military operation in the National Memory Alley in the Zalavas Village and an evening gathering also attended by the Polish Theatre Study in Vilnius
-5 p.m.- Mass, flower-placing and votive candles-lighting in the Vilnius Colony by the combatants and Polish guests
-3p.m.- Mass and Homage-paying to the Home Army soldiers at the monument in Krawczuny- the celebrations traditionally organised by the ZPL Branch of the Vilnius Region
Translated by Katarzyna Piskorz within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.