Estonian Independence Day to begin with flag raising ceremony at Toompea on Monday morning

  • 2020-02-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – In the early morning of February 24, everyone is welcome to the flag raising ceremony in the Governor's Garden at Toompea in Tallinn to mark the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia.

The flag will be raised at 7:34 a.m., while the national anthem is played, spokespeople for the Riigikogu said.

Riigikogu speaker Henn Polluaas will deliver a speech at the ceremony. Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) Urmas Viilma will say the words of blessing. Maarja Johanna Magi, a student of the Drama School of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater and winner of Voldemar Panso Prize, will read out the Estonian Declaration of Independence.

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, former president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president Arnold Ruutel, members of the Riigikogu and the government, representatives of constitutional institutions and the diplomatic corps, and the Estonian Flag Society have been invited to the flag raising ceremony.

The flag raising ceremony in the Governor's Garden at Toompea will be attended by the flag-raising units of the Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps, the women's voluntary defense organization, the Young Eagles, the Home Daughters, the Scouts, the Guides, academic organizations, as well as societies, associations and schools.

The men's choirs of the Estonian Male Choir Association, and the Estonian Police and Border Guard Orchestra will perform "Eesti lipp" ("Flag of Estonia"), "Hoia, Jumal, Eestit" ("God Save Estonia"), "Jaa vabaks, Eesti meri" ("Stay Free, Estonian Sea!"), and "Kodumaa" ("Homeland").

The Estonian Male Choir Association will be represented by Kuusalu Men's Choir, the Engineers' Male Choir, Turnpu Male Choir, Tallinn University Men's Choir, the Academic Male Choir of Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn Men's Choir of the Estonian Male Choir Association, the Male Choir of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and the Estonian Teachers' Male Choir.

The ceremony will end at around 8:05 a.m.