For those who died for the independence of Lithuania
Collections of Biržai region museum „Sėla“ contain a selection of wreath bands of the first part of the 20th century, that were gathered from wreaths layed at the monument For those who died for the independence of Lithuania as well as from those layed to honor the military officer of Panevėžys Battalion Jonas Nastopka (1897-1919).
Part of the wreath bands are dated from the 13 th of September, 1931. On that day, a monument For those who died for the independence of Lithuania was unveiled. Bands from the wreaths layed on that day and during later years make up the bulk of the museum's collection of wreath bands. The wreaths were layed by various organizations, such as Sodeliškis dairy processing company, Biržai county police, etc., or, for example, by the participants of Congress of Lithuanian catholic women and „Springtimers“ (Pavasarininkės), which took place on 26 th of June, 1932, to commemorate important dates to these organizations or to Lithuania.
The other group of bands collected in the museum are from the wreaths layed in honor of the military officer of Panevėžys Battalion Jonas Nastopka. Amongst them there is also the oldest wreath band of the collection, dated back to the 1919 (inventory No. GEK-18171/27).
The wreath bands gathered in the collections of the museum are made of various materials: silk, satin and paper. The inscriptions are either written in mascara or printed in Biržai printing house.
The exhibition was prepared in the framework of the project „Centennial of Lithuania in the exhibits of Lithuanian museums”, which is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The project is dedicated to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Restoration of the Lithuanian state.