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In Thisted town at northern Denmark there is a Lithuanian monument, erected in 1947-1952, that cosists of such symbols as the traditional Lithuanian wooden cross (UNESCO-inscribed heritage) or the columns of Gediminas. Lithuanian words "Our greatest wish is the freedom of out fatherland" is inscribed on the Columns of Gediminas, which are also adorned by Crosses of Vytis, yet another patriotic symbol.

The monument has been constructed by Lithuanian refugrees ("displaced people"), for whom Denmark was a temporary stop as they had to flee the Soviet occupation and genocide in their country, which began in 1944. In the 1950s, most of these refugees were accepted by far-away countries, such as the USA and Australia (for several years of labour). However, the monument has remained in Thisted, and it has been restored in 2015.

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