• September 17, 2014
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Paying tribute to the defenders of Vilnius from 75 years ago

On the 75th anniversary of the Soviet aggression on Poland, Polish representatives of diplomatic institutions and of the polish community in Lithuania, paid tribute to the defenders of the Vilnius on the Rasos cemetery. They laid wreaths on the graves of the heroes.

Three soldiers of the Border Protection Corps are buried in the tomb on the Rasos cemetery. They are: corporal Wincenty Salawiński and privates Wacław Sawicki and Piotr Stacirowicz, who died on the 18th, 1939, during the Vilnius defense against the Red Workers’ and Peasants’ Army.

According to the Vilnius legend, they died being on guard of the mausoleum of the marshal Józef Piłsudski. The historians of the September 1939, claim that this legend is not entirely true. It does not change the fact that the heroes who defended Vilnius deserve respect and memory.

On the 75th anniversary of the Soviet aggression, Polish diplomats, veterans, scouts and the representatives of the Association of Poles in Lithuania, laid wreaths on the graves of the defenders.

Translated by Ewa Żakowska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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