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At the traditional annual meeting of the 20th August Club at Toompea Castle, the Vice-President of the Riigikogu Jüri Ratas said that the contribution of the sixty nine courageous statesmen and stateswomen in restoring the independence of Estonia is priceless.

Ratas noted that they had stood bravely on the front line at decisive moments, risking with everything in the name of the freedom of their homeland.

Ratas recalled the words of the first President of the United States of America George Washington: “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

“Estonia’s freedom began to take root nearly a century ago, but its growth was violently stopped for more than fifty years. With the help of the members of the 20th August Club, our democratic country is striving for new heights, and it is the duty of each next generation to keep and cherish the freedom of Estonia,” he emphasised.

Ratas thanked the members of the 20th August Club for their contribution to restoring the independence of Estonia in 1991, when the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia adopted the Resolution on the National Independence of Estonia.

Before the meeting, Jüri Ratas and the members of the 20th August Club laid flowers to the memorial stone of 20 August at Toompea.

The annual meeting held at Toompea Castle was chaired by the President of the 20th August Club Ants Veetõusme. Jaak Jõerüüt made a speech in the name of the Club. The participants of the meeting were greeted by Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas.

The 20th August Club traditionally convenes each year on 20 August at Toompea Castle for a festive meeting. The Club, which was founded in 1994, unites the people who were elected to the Supreme Soviet of the republic of Estonia in 1990, and on 20 August 1991 gave the 69 votes in favour of the Resolution of the Supreme Council of Estonia on the National Independence of Estonia.

Photos of the event.

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