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In the early morning of 24 February, the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia, everyone is welcome to attend the flag raising ceremony in the Governor’s Garden at Toompea in Tallinn. The flag will be raised at 7:34 a.m., while the national anthem of Estonia is played.

President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Lauri Hussar will deliver a speech at the ceremony. Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Urmas Viilma will say a blessing. Markus Andreas Auling, Student of the Drama School of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, will read out the Estonian Declaration of Independence.

President of the Republic of Estonia Alar Karis, President Kersti Kaljulaid, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President Arnold Rüütel, members of the Riigikogu and the Government, representatives of constitutional institutions and the diplomatic corps, the Estonian Flag Association and the leadership of the Defence Forces and the Defence League have been invited to the ceremony.

The flag guards of academic associations, patriotic organisations and schools will attend the ceremony in the Governor’s Garden.

The choirs of the Estonian Male Choir Association, and Tallinn Police Orchestra will perform “Eesti lipp” (“Flag of Estonia”, music by Enn Võrk, words by Martin Lipp), “Hoia, Jumal, Eestit” (“God Save Estonia”, music by Juhan Aavik, words by Aleksander Leopold Raudkepp), “Jää vabaks, Eesti meri” (“Stay Free, Estonian Sea!”, by Viktor Konstantin Oxford), and “Kodumaa” (“Homeland”, music by Raimond Kull, words by Mihkel Veske).

The ceremony will end at around 8:06 a.m.

ETV, ETV2 with sign language translation and ETV+ will make a live broadcast of the ceremony.

Programme of the flag raising ceremony

Riigikogu Press Service
Eleen Lindmaa
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