“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”
—President Barack Obama in a 2011 radio address
It’s been just over two weeks since our daughter called us – I should say lectured us – about taking the virus threat more seriously. Since then, we’ve stayed inside except to walk the dog and to quickly run essential errands.
It’s a strange feeling. I’m retired so I don’t really HAVE to be anywhere. Through the wonders of Medicare, I have a free gym membership which I was enjoying several times a week. I play golf. I have several volunteer activities and I was finding my retirement days were busy and full.
I took this photo in June 1992 in front of the Lithuanian Parliament building.
The barbed wire was from 1990-1992 when leaders of the newly independent State of Lithuania barricaded themselves in the building which was the “heart of Lithuania” and political center of the country.
“Kovo 11” means March 11, the day in 1990 when Lithuania became the first Soviet state to dare to declare its independence from the Soviet Union. “Islandja” refers to Iceland, the first country to recognize Lithuania’s independence.
The Soviets grudgingly accepted Lithuanian independence a year and a half later in September, 1991. The barbed wire and other signs of the barricades were still there when I took this picture 9 months later in a symbolic protest of the Red Army troops that were still stationed in the country.