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Friday, 02.12.2016, 22:05
Estonia celebrates 94th anniversary
The Republic of Estonia celebrates
its 94th anniversary today, on February 24; this year the major events
celebrating Estonia's Independence Day take place in the capital Tallinn and
the South Estonian city of Tartu, writes LETA.
The Republic first declared its independence on February 24, 1918.
On Friday morning, Speaker of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma gave a celebration speech. During the day, wreaths in honour of those who fell in the War of Independence will be placed at the base of the Kalevipoeg memorial statue in Tartu, a church service will take place at Tartu’s St. John’s Church, and the Defence Forces parade will be held on Vabaduse street in Tartu.
On the same day, a celebratory concert and the formal reception of President of the Republic Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Mrs Evelin Ilves will take place in the evening in the Vanemuine Theatre and Concert Hall in Tartu.
The formal events will be attended by the President of the Republic, the speaker of the Riigikogu, the prime minister, members of the government and Riigikogu, and representatives of the diplomatic corps.