- October 10, 2014
,, Lech Wałęsa ” will bloom in the Bernardine’s Garden
“Today, after 25 years, we are happy to give the people of Lithuania and the Vilnius city the tulips, the flowers in white and red colours, which were named after Lech Wałęsa” – said the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Lithuania, Yaroslav Czubinski in the Bernardine’s Garden, where he planted the tulip bulb called “Lech Wałęsa “.
,, If you remember some facts from the modern history of Europe and the world, Lech Wałęsa is a man from whom have begun the democratic changes not only in Poland but also in the entire Europe, especially in our part of Europe. Without Lech Wałęsa, there would be no Solidarity civil rights movement. Probably Lithuania would also experience more difficult times if there would be no Lech Wałęsa and his Solidarity in those years “- said the Ambassador and added that the initiative of planting tulip bulbs is connected with sharing the joy. “Today, after 25 years, we are happy to give the people of Lithuania and the Vilnius city the tulips, the flowers in white and red colours, which were named after Lech Wałęsa “- added Czubinski.
,, Solidarity was a very important movement, both for Europe, as well as for all the people. 25 years ago the inhabitants of the Baltic countries jointly formed a chain holding their hands together “- said the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lithuania, Gijsbert Hendrik Christiaan van der Lingen.
In turn, the representative of the Municipality of the Vilnius City, Danuta Narbut, indicated that the planted tulip bulbs would cause that Lech Wałęsa will also be present in the Bernardine’s Garden “.
,, Thank you very much for the fact, that we can meet here. The idea of meeting thanks to the beautiful plants united us today. I am very glad that young people are with us. I also hope that you will transfer the information about what had happened here, and that we would always can count on you, as for people for whom freedom is a very big challenge, but also a great joy if you possess that freedom and cares about it “- addressed the students from Adam Mickiewicz’s Gymnasium in Vilnius, the director of the Polish Institute, Margaret Kasner.
Translated by Kasia Ratajek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.