United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 29, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2082

Author: George W. Bush  | Date: November 23, 2002

Remarks on Receiving the Order of Vytautas the Great in Vilnius, Lithuania,
November 23, 2002

Mr. President, thank you very much. It’s an honor to receive this award. And it’s an honor to be the first United States President to come to Lithuania. Laura and I are honored to be here.

I want to thank the members of the Government who are here as well, the Prime Minister, the Speaker, other members of your Cabinet.

This is a great day for Lithuania. It shows the Lithuanians’ commitment to freedom, to religious tolerance. It shows the Lithuanians’ courage is being rewarded by membership in one of the greatest alliances ever formed.

The NATO Alliance will be stronger with Lithuania’s presence. Not only will you help militarily, but as importantly, your presence will help lift, invigorate the spirit of the European North Atlantic Alliance. After all, Lithuania represents to me the courage of people standing in the face of tyranny and demanding freedom.

There are thousands of Americans today who rejoice at the fact that Lithuania will be joining with America in the NATO Alliance. I’m proud of your accomplishments, and my country is proud to call you friend. May God bless the people of Lithuania.

Note: The President spoke at 8:24 a.m. at the Prezidentura. In his remarks, he referred to President Valdas Adamkus and Prime Minister Algirdas Mykolas Brazauskas of Lithuania. A tape was not available for verification of the content of these remarks.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 29, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2082 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 29, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2082 2083. Original Sources, accessed May 24, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=E487FT5A6WEUEI8.

MLA: Bush, George W. United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 29, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2082, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 29, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2082, page 2083. Original Sources. 24 May. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=E487FT5A6WEUEI8.

Harvard: Bush, GW, United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 29, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2082. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 29, 2002 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 38:2082, pp.2083. Original Sources, retrieved 24 May 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=E487FT5A6WEUEI8.