RIGA - Today, Latvia marks the 27th anniversary of the restoration of Independence - a large number of events are taking place in Riga and in other cities and towns of Latvia.
The program of events in Riga opened with an ecumenical service in Riga Cathedral, and performances by Latvian schools' brass bands at the Freedom Monument began at 11 a.m. Traditionally, state officials will participate in a flower-laying ceremony at the Freedom Monument, and a flower carpet will be created by residents at the monument.
The traditional Armed Forces' parade will take place in Liepaja today.
In Riga, a special stage has been set at the Dome Square for various performances, from symphony music to ethnorock, traditional dance performances, and much more.
Various events for families with children will be organized in Vermanes Park, and there will be commemorative events taking place in neighborhoods of Riga as well - at the culture centers Ziemelblazma, Imanta, Ilguciems, and others.
27 years ago, on May 4, 1990, the Supreme Council of the Soviet Latvia passed the declaration "On the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia", re-instituting the Constitution of Latvia of 1922. Latvia had been part of the Soviet Union for five decades.