I can certainly imagine the emotion of those who want Soviet monuments removed from Baltic streets. And it may seem the wise thing to do at the moment, due to the pain still felt from the Baltics' years under Soviet rule. There is still a lot of emotion around this issue. Indeed, the Soviet presence in the Baltics represents an important time in the history of our three countries, which will slowly be forgotten after a generation or two if all visible remnants of this era are removed. I suggest that the few Soviet monuments that remain be left standing, not as a symbol of pride or respect to a once superpower, but rather as a reminder to future generations of what is possible, and how precious freedom is.