Wolf Leaves for Lithuania and Poland

8 Day Trip to Include Visit with PA National Guard

Joe DeStio
September 06, 2019 - 3:48 pm
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is preparing for an 8 day trip to Lithuania and Poland.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is preparing for an 8 day trip to Lithuania and Poland. Wolf departs Sunday to visit Pennsylvania National Guard troops in the two countries. While there he will meet with Lithuania’s president Gitanas Nauseda, members of the American Chamber of Commerce, representatives of Lithuanian food companies, and tour cultural sites.

In a statement, the governor calls the trip, “long overdue.” The nearly 600 National Guard troops train with members of the Lithuanian Armed Forces under a 1993 agreement established when the country broke away from the Soviet Union.

“The Guard members training alongside Lithuanian troops in Pabrade and those deployed in Poland are making a tremendous sacrifice,” says Wolf. “They are missing birthdays, anniversaries, soccer games, and holiday gatherings and their families and loved ones are missing them in return.”

Wolf will also visit the Panerial memorial in Lithuania and Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland carrying a mezuzah damaged at the Tree of Life shooting. The mezuzah is a holy scroll for the Jewish faith. The governor also plans to write the names of the 11 Pennsylvanians who lost their lives in the anti-Semitic attack at the synagogue in visitors sites at both sites, according to a statement.

Wolf says he will pay for his own trip and take limited staff.

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