With a year left until the 100th anniversary of the declaration of Lithuanian independence, Vilnius is set to launch a daily commemorative ceremony. From this 16 February until 16 February of next year, every evening at 19:18 trumpet player, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre professor Laurynas Lapė and his students will play the composition “Dear Lithuania” from the window of the Palace of Lithuania’s Grand Dukes. This daily musical ceremony will serve to prepare residents of Vilnius for the 100th anniversary of the reestablishment of the Lithuanian state and will also inform the city’s guests of the forthcoming milestone anniversary.
The time chosen for the daily ceremony – 19:18 – is meant to signify the year of the reestablishment of the Lithuanian statehood: 1918. “Dear Lithuania” was written by renowned poet Jonas Mačiulis-Maironis and first published in his collection of poems entitled, “the Voices of Spring” in 1895. Since being set to music by Lithuanian composer Juozas Naujalis, many regard “Dear Lithuania” as the country’s second national anthem.