The graves of Lithuanian soldiers in Sirvintos

The graves of Lithuanian soldiers in Sirvintos

Sirvintos is a city in the east of Lithuania. The city flows through the Sirvintos River. In the city it is blocked and forms the Sirvintos pond. Crossing the bridge across the lagoon south, we arrive at the old cemetery of Sirvintos - near the road to the left. As far as the walk, the territory of Lithuanian war cemeteries is surrounded by an iron fence. The soldiers buried here after one of the most striking moments of the history of the city of Širvintų - 1920. Sirvintos-Giedraičiai Battle. During the Independence battles at the Sirvintos-Giedraičiai, the Lithuanian Army won the battle against the Polish forces, forced them to stop the offensive and retire to previously occupied positions. This battle stopped the rise of Polish General L. Želigovskis in

Lithuania's Depth, preserved Lithuania's Independence. The area with the surrounding area was located in a neutral zone, which was abolished in 1923. and Sirvintos went to Lithuania. 23 cemeteries of Lithuanian soldiers were cemented in these graveyards. Above them is the marking of Lithuanian monuments - concrete crosses with the sun and names of soldiers. Most of the graves of soldiers are marked by concrete crosses made by the painter Antanas Aleksandravičius and Adomas Varnas. They are built for soldiers in eternal resting places. The regular volunteers of the 7th Infantry Samogitian Prince Butehige Regiment were buried there. Most of them fell in autumn 1920 during the Sirvintos-Giedraičiai battle in Sirvintos. Also in the town of Giedraiciai, in Motiejunai and in the surrounding villages. In the same battle, Polish soldiers dropped in Sirvintos were buried near Lithuanian graves. Polish soldiers' graves are marked by the same Lithuanian crosses. This shows that the lost soldier, even during the war, was not an enemy to civilized nations. At the expense of the Department of Cultural Heritage Protection, the graves of Lithuanian soldiers in Širvintos, which died in 1920, were restored. fights for independence of Lithuania. On November 19, Lithuania annually celebrates the year of the independence struggle in Sirvintos.