In 1514, after a great victory against Moscow in the Battle of Orsha, Sigismund I organised an impressive triumphal march in Vilnius. People celebrated the return of Sigismund III Vasa after the triumph in Smolensk in 1611. As the ruler marched through the city, a large crowd of congregations, believers of various denominations and the academic community greeted him. Vilnius was decorated with arches symbolising victory, the city’s houses were covered with colourful fabrics, and cannons, trumpets and drums sounded. In 1794, rebels led by Colonel Jokūbas Jasinskis freed themselves from the Russian armed forces and successfully defended the capital from invaders for some time. And 13 January 1991 became the largest victory of Vilnius and Lithuania in the modern era. Protecting themselves with barricades, songs and determination, the unarmed masses were able to defeat the armed aggression of the USSR in Vilnius. That night, they defended the idea of freedom, an independent state and human dignity. Therefore, the graves of the 13 January victims in Antakalnis Cemetery and the commemorative bonfires remembering the dead are the most important memorials to the victims of freedom in Vilnius and Lithuania.