MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER
150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN
This year we commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of one of the most prominent political figures of all times, the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln's legacy, his wise leadership and courage goes far beyond borders of the United States of America. Admired for his statesmanship, respect for democratic principles and freedom, President Lincoln is still a role model for politicians all around the world.
As this year my country celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Lithuanian Independence Restoration, I believe this is another great opportunity to remember President Lincoln's fight to bring freedom to those who had none.
In his Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862, President Lincoln said: "In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail." The United States continue to strive for fundamental freedom of people, justice and development of friendly relations between nations.
President Lincoln's profound humanity, his position on the protection of the core values of democracy will stand the test of time, and it is gratifying to see that over the past decade the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has been spreading the light of his ideas.
Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania
25 February 2015