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Tomorrow, 22 September, is the Estonian Resistance Struggle Day. To mark the occasion, the flag on top of Tall Hermann Tower will be hoisted by students from Tallinn School No 21.

President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor stressed how important it was to celebrate the significant landmarks of the Republic of Estonia together with the younger generations. “This is a balm for the soul because it means that the next generations will continue to treasure the Republic of Estonia and our national flag,” the President of the Riigikogu said.

The flag raising team is made up of Bert Palts, Karl-Matthias Madis, Karl Rudolf Kunnas, Tristan Griin-Loover and Joonas Veskla.

After the morning flag hoisting ceremony, the flag raising team will meet the President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor, and take a tour of Toompea castle.

The flag raising team of Tallinn School No 21 is a student organisation founded in 1997. It presents, guards, and protects the school flag and, if required, the National flag, proceeding from the Estonian Flag Act. The voluntary team is made up of young male students from forms 10 to 12.

Estonia is celebrating Resistance Struggle Day and Otto Tief Government Day as a national holiday for the twelfth time; it was initiated by a resolution of the Riigikogu.

In the summer of 1940, when the Soviet forces occupied the territory of Estonia, the schoolhouse on Raua Street, now known as Tallinn School No 21, became the temporary barracks of the signal battalion of the Estonian army. That was where the soldiers of the Republic of Estonia fought their only battle 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 the Estonian people once again put up a resistance. In September 1944, the national tricolour flag once again flew on Tall Hermann Tower.

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Riigikogu Press Service
Marie Kukk
+372 631 6456; 58 213309
marie.kukk@riigikogu.ee
Questions: press@riigikogu.ee

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