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Preparations for the perpetuation of the memory of the commanders of the 1863-1864 uprising

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2019 03 07

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Preparatory work for the reburial and perpetuation of the memory of the commanders of the 1863-1864 uprising is currently underway at the Office of the Government. The Commission for the perpetuation of the memory of the commanders of the 1863-1864 uprising is holding consultations with all the stakeholders and countries.

Poland has expressed particular interest in the issues of the reburial and perpetuation of the memory of the commanders of the 1863-1864 uprising: a delegation of Polish experts have come to Lithuania to discuss the project proposals for the installation of the site (columbarium) for the reburial of the remains of the commanders and fighters of the 1863-1864 uprising at the central Chapel of the old Rasos Cemetery. The members of the Commission and the experts have also seen the site for the reburial at the Rasos Cemetery.

Considering the historical and cultural significance of this uprising for Lithuania and neighbouring countries, the Polish side has expressed its willingness to cooperate closely in the arrangements relating to both the reburial as well as the memorial itself, while holding that as a priority. 

The solemn reburial ceremony has been planned for autumn 2019. It has been decided that all the remains of the commanders and fighters of the 1863-1864 uprising found in the Vilnius castle site, called the Gediminas Hill, would have an honoured and dignified reburial at the central Chapel of the old Rasos Cemetery. Lithuania also expects the attendance at the ceremony of top officials from Poland and other countries that have direct relation to this uprising, namely Ukraine, Belarus and Latvia.

Funding for the pantheon has already been secured: all the internal and external works around the Chapel will be funded from the EU Structural Funds.