The Lithuanian leader confers the Order of Vytautas the Great on Mr.
Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic
The President awards Edita Pucinskaite, the winner of Tour de France
"The President of the Republic shall confer State awards."
Article 84 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania
Decorations are the expression of honour shown by the State for a person. The President of the Republic of Lithuania confers state decorations - orders and medals - on Lithuanian citizens and foreign nationals in recognition of their contributions to Lithuania.
The highest state decorations of Lithuania - the Order of Vytautas the Great, the Order of the Cross of Vytis and the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas were established in the independent pre-war Lithuania. They were re-instituted by the Law on State Orders, Medals and Other Awards, which the Supreme Council - the Reconstituent Seimas of Lithuania passed on 12 September 1991.
The Law has re-instituted almost all medals and other distinctions of pre-war Lithuania. After the restoration of independence, Lithuania issued two special medals: the Medal of January 13 and the Medal of Darius and Girenas.
The state orders and medals of Lithuania form a part of the national heraldry.