On the day of the Black Ribbon, the President of the Republic of Lithuania visited Dalia Grybauskaitė and paid tribute to Juozas Jakavonis-Tigras, the last remaining partisan in the district of Dainava who lived in the village of Kasčiūnai. The leader of the country inspected the restored partisan order of the South Lithuania, restored in his home, and was interested in postwar freedom struggle in the area, and Juozas had a hard history of life. The president gave the guerrilla a trilogy and raised them both together. The visit of the head of state to the Yakavonai farm will be reminded of a planted oak.
The leader of the party noted that the partisan Juozas Jakavonis-Tigras is a legend of the struggle for freedom of Lithuania, a guardian of our historical memory, a symbol of courage, undisturbed spirit, love and sacrifice for our homeland.
Juozas Jakavonis presented the president with a bunker, which he installed together with the partisans of South Lithuania on the estate in 1945. He told us how the printing house was installed here, the partisan newspaper & # 39; Liberty Bell & # 39; was published, personnel documents were prepared. The Soviets did not find this headquarters where the guerrillas of A. Ramanauskas-Vanagas and J. Vitkus-Kazimieraitis were hidden behind.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė stressed why this day was mentioned here in one of the small villages in the village of Kasčiūnai. "Why did I choose to come here today?" For various reasons, August 23 – not just the Black Ribbon and the Day of the Baltic Road, this is the day of the fight for our freedom aspirations. "This is also the Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Nazi & # 39; s and the victims of Stalinism, recognized in Europe This person, respected by Juozas, represents everything in himself.This is the man who resisted and fought for our freedom.He is also exiled. So finding a better place to celebrate this day is not easy, and on the occasion of the anniversary year we see a lot of pressure to discredit our freedom fighters, the state, with different hands – not just enemies, but unfortunately also Lithuanians, which is why I am here today because I want to say that I support those people who have given up their lives and have fought for our freedom, and we will strive to do our utmost best o m to prevent Lithuania from being discredited and to keep these people in the memory, in the heart and in respect. And especially now, when we see a lot of desire to thank those people, politicians and my duty to show, despise and humiliate you, and to point out that you are important, holy people. We will certainly not allow you to remember what you have done, "said the president, after hearing the fairytales of the partisan stories about the struggle for freedom in which he participated, he walked along with him along the beautiful Jakavonai farm on the Merkis. -bank and told the president that it is very important to feel the story, feel specific people, such as Juozas, through their experiences. "It is a story that lives and what is next to us. Because we will read it later, and today we can still see it. It is very important to see, appreciate and not deny, "said the president, and she also looked at the room, which contained a large number of expressions of thanks, diplomas, copies of biased documents and articles, and important photo stories. In a respectful place – a cross on which this house was blessed for marriage in Nedzinge, the church Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas and his future wife Birutė Mažeikaitė Also – in Merkis, a prayer book about the blood of a lost partisan was poured. wrote in a guest book: "Dear Juozas, we thank, remember, keep. You are an example of love for your homeland. This example obliges us not only to continue, to protect Lithuania, to defend its freedom and to keep the homeland of the people in its own hands. "
Then the president's shirt and Juozas Jakavonis were the same as the house. The leader of the party presented the medal of the president of the republic to the partisan.
Algis Kašetas, mayor of the municipality of Varėna, who attended the meeting, presented the book Memoires by Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas to the leader of the country.
This remarkable day will remind everyone in the Jakavon family of an oak tree planted together.
Partizan Juozas Jakavonis said excitedly that this day is really important and memorable for him, because the visit of the President of Lithuania is the highest level of respect he has given him. His modesty is his gratitude to the president – the mummies collected in the forests of Dzūkija.
You can not but deny that respected Juozas is the light of extraordinary courage, endurance, tolerance, wisdom and goodness. As a twenty-year-old man he arranged a bunker with other partisans in the garden of his parents outside the inn, in 1945-1946. became the head of the partisan command of South Lithuania. The guards of the South-Lithuania Partizans J. Vitkus – Kazimieraitis and A. Ramanauskas – Vanagas lived and worked in the bunker. As a patron Juozas Jakavonis also distributed the underground press because the partisan newspaper "Liberty Bell" was released in the bunker. He revenged himself in the woods in the woods near his house. He will remember his whole life in 1946. On 8 December, when he was wearing the underground press, he fell into the NKVD camp and was included in the jewels. He held inhumane torture and an actor in the cells of Merkinė, Varėna, Vilnius (Lukiškės) in the NKVD and in the offices of the interrogators, but did not provide any of these striking workers from occupational structures. The Bolshevik war tribunal ("Troika"), Jakavonis, condemned Siberian prison casinos and exiles, where he spent his youth, from 1946 to 1959. He worked in Kolyma copper and other mines. He only lived because of the innate optimism and love of people who responded to him at the same time. After his return to Lithuania, in the village of Kasčiūnai, he waited for the seriousness of the local government, it was difficult to register in Lithuania, did not get a job, so he first had to work in Belarus. But all the strokes of life were received by a sincere mind, with a smile and confidence in the Supreme.
In 2005 Juozas Jakavonis published a memoir "Near the Death". It contains many important details of Lithuania's post-war history. With the hope that people who read it, especially young people, will realize how much independence is worth.
With the lips of Juozas Jakavonis, the dreams and respectful words about the goal of Lithuania's independence, the war of post-war freedom, the guerrilla leaders and their ideals, the holy party bribe not to be completely abandoned, friends and neighbors of youth , whose Dzukija forest has become the eternal resting place, also history. And the memory of those who died honorably without the independence of Lithuania.
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