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Saturday, 29.04.2017, 20:35
Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony to be held in Governor's Garden again
The chancellery of the Estonian parliament has decided that the flag hoisting ceremony on the morning of Feb. 24, the Independence Day of Estonia, will return to the Governor's Garden next to Toompea Castle, reports LETA/BNS.
The ceremony has been held in the courtyard of Toompea Castle, seat of the national parliament, for the last 17 years. Before that, it was held in the Governor's Garden next to the building of the parliament for 11 years from 1989–1999.
"The people have taken starting the Independence Day with the hoisting of our blue-black-white flag so close to their heart over the years that there is no longer enough room for us in the courtyard of Toompea Castle. Therefore I invite everybody to the flag hoisting ceremony in the Governor's Garden, where you will get a much better view of the flag rising on the Tall Hermann Tower," the speaker of the Riigikogu, Eiki Nestor, said through spokespeople.
The ceremony will start at 7.33 a.m. with the hoisting of national flag to the tune of the national anthem. After that, the president of the Riigikogu will make a speech and the archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Urmas Viilma, will say words of blessing.
The flag hoisting ceremony is traditionally attended by members of the Riigikogu and the government, representatives of constitutional institutions and the diplomatic corps, members of the flag units of patriotic organizations and student corporations, as well as numerous members of the public.