Flags to be hoisted in Estonia on War of Independence remembrance day Friday

  • 2020-01-02
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Friday is a flag day in Estonia, the day of remembrance of fighters in the War of Independence, when all state and local government offices as well as other public law institutions will fly the flag, spokespeople for the Government Office said.

All other parties are also entitled to hoist the flag. The flags are raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset.

The Estonian War of Independence broke out on Nov. 28, 1918, and the fight for the independence of Estonia and against Soviet Russia's Red Army and the Baltic German Landeswehr lasted 402 days. An armistice between Estonia and Soviet Russia stepped into effect at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 3, 1920, and the war ended with Estonia's victory when the Tartu Peace Treaty was signed on Feb. 2, 1920. Estonia lost more than 6,000 people, including 3,588 in active combat.

A minute of silence will be observed at 10:30 a.m. on Friday to mark the anniversary of the coming into effect of the War of Independence ceasefire and to remember the fallen. A ceremony will subsequently be held at the monument to the victory in the War of Independence in Tallinn. Speeches will be delivered by Minister of Defense Juri Luik, Marten Mikk, alumnus of Tallinna Reaalkool, and a representative of the League of Estonian Corporations.

Wreaths will then be laid at the monument by Minister Juri Luik on behalf of the Estonian people and commander of the defense forces Maj. Gen. Martin Herem on behalf of members of the defense forces. In addition, wreaths will be laid by members of the diplomatic corps and members of the public. A commemorative speech will be read by the president of the Estonian Council of Churches, Andres Poder.

Candles will be lit and wreaths laid also at locations connected with the War of Independence across Estonia.