Today marks the 101st anniversary of the Republic of Estonia declaring its independence from the Soviet Union. As big as last year’s centennial festivities were, this year brings another important milestone: it’s been 30 years since Estonia’s blue, black, and white flag was raised over the Pikk Hermann tower atop Toompea Castle—the Estonian seat of power for centuries—setting the stage for Estonia’s return to independence in 1991.
From the capital city of Tallinn to historic Tartu, from Narva and Pärnu to Kuressaare on Saaremaa island, proud citizens of this northern Baltic state will take time to celebrate their national pride today. Commemorations include laying of wreaths at the memorials of President Konstantin Päts and other state figures as well as the Monuments of the War of Independence, a military parade through Freedom Square in Tallinn, and concerts.
Happy Independence Day, Estonia!