Estonian parliament invites everyone to National Flag Day ceremony on Tuesday

  • 2024-06-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The board of the Riigikogu and the Estonian Flag Association invite everyone to the flag raising ceremony in the Governor's Garden next to the parliament seat at Toompea at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, to mark the 140th anniversary of the national flag of Estonia.

From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the same day, it will be possible to visit the Tall Hermann Tower.

The speaker of the Riigikogu, Lauri Hussar, and the chairman of the Estonian Flag Association, Juri Trei, will speak at the ceremony. The head of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Archbishop Urmas Viilma, will say a blessing.

The raising of the flag will be accompanied by the national anthem of Estonia. Eugen Himma from the Estonian Flag Association, Janar Kunamagi from the Estonian Students Society, Uku Aaron from Laagri School and Aivi Jurgenson from the Estonian National Museum will assist at the raising of the flag.

Flag guards from the Guard Battalion, the Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps, the women's, boys' and girls' organizations of the volunteer corps, Scouts, Guides, as well as representatives of schools, academic associations and patriotic organizations will attend the ceremony.

From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Tall Hermann Tower will be open for visiting. Tours will start every full and half hour. In order to ensure smooth entrance, free tickets showing the time of entry to the tower will be distributed to visitors in the Governor's Garden from 1:30 p.m. Due to the narrow stairways of the tower, group sizes are limited.

The first blue, black and white flag was sewn in spring 1884. It was blessed and consecrated at Otepaa parsonage in South Estonia on June 4, 1884,  140 years ago tomorrow.