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Veiveriai (Kaunas, Lithuania)

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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 24 January 2010

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Veiveriai (Prienai District) - on a golden field upon red a threehill a black owl. Flag proportions 10:11, free edges bordered with red and golden rectangles, finial is a golden knob with two rings. The owl symbolizes education, and in particular the teachers' seminary, which was established in 1866 (worked till 1914) with the intention of the Russian regime (1795-1914) to make it a centre of assimilation, but instead it became the seedbed of Lithuanian national movement and of enlightenment. The red threehill means the Hill of Sorrow, where the local Lithuanian partisans were re-laid to rest: the Soviet regime did not allow burying partisans properly but pitted them in trenches (inhabitants of Veiveriai built crosses on those places secretly), so only with the collapse of the Soviets the remains were treated respectfully.
Virginijus Misiunas, 24 January 2010