The Republic of Estonia celebrated its 94th anniversary yesterday, on February 24; this year the major events celebrating Estonia's Independence Day took 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 were placed at the base of the Kalevipoeg memorial statue in Tartu, a church service took place at Tartu’s St. John’s Church, and the Defence Forces parade was 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 took place in the evening in the Vanemuine Theatre and Concert Hall in Tartu.
The formal events was 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.