RIGA - In his 2011 Independence Day greeting to the people of Latvia, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis stated that patriotism and pride in one’s nation must already be fostered at an early age, reports LETA. He recalls the meaning of November 18, 1918, and added: “Latvia - this is our society and our nationalities - diversity is Latvia’s treasure. Our country is inclusive, and Latvian sensibility is open.”
He goes on to say that patriotism and pride in one’s nation, respect and decency toward all inhabitants of the nation are basic principles that must be fostered already at an early age. “Only then can we establish a unified community with common understanding of Latvia’s history, and belief in its future development.”
The prime minister continued: “For almost a century now, Latvians have their own country whose goal is to guarantee the continued existence of the nation, the language and culture. This is the essence of Latvia, which gives meaning to economic growth, wellbeing and security. We are proud to have renewed, established and developed our nation. We have been able to protect the Latvian language, which must always be the sole official state language.”
In mentioning the thousands of fellow countrymen who now live and work abroad, Dombrovskis declares that the government will continue its efforts to find opportunities to have them return.