Today at sunrise, students of Tallinn School Nr 21 hoisted the Estonian flag on top of Tall Herman tower in the memory of Resistance Struggle Day.
President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor stressed that it is crucial to celebrate and remember events that emphasize the continuity of the Republic of Estonia. “It is truly heart-warming to celebrate these memorable dates with young people and to feel that they are the bearers of our country’s most important values,” he added.
In the summer of 1940, when the Soviet forces occupied the territory of Estonia, the schoolhouse on Raua Street, nowadays known as Tallinn School Nr 21, became the temporary barracks of the signal battalion of the Estonian army. That was the location for the only battle fought by the soldiers of the Republic of Estonia in WW II.
It was four years later, when the German occupation forces were retreating and the Red Army was yet to enter Tallinn that Estonian people once again put up a resistance. In September 1944, the National blue, black, and white flag once again flew on Tall Hermann tower.
Today the Estonian flag is hoisted on top of Tall Herman tower by Markus Kuris, Hendrik Malm, Oliver Kaljula, Mark Abner, Kaspar Oskar Tali, Markus Louis Mühlberg, Marko-Raul Peetersoo, Karl–Matthias Madis, Erik Teppan and Karl Rudolf Kunnas.
The flag hoisters of Tallinn School Nr 21 is a student organization acting from 1997. They represent, guard, and defend the school flag and, if required, the National flag, proceeding from Estonian Flag Act.
After the morning’s flag hoisting ceremony, the students are going to meet the President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor and have a tour in Toompea castle.
Estonia is celebrating Resistance Struggle Day and Otto Tief Government Day as a day of national importance for the tenth year, by a resolution of the Riigikogu.
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