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On the Estonian Flag Day, the pupils of Noarootsi Gymnasium, Riga Estonian Basic School and Tallinn School No. 21 hoisted the flag at the Tall Hermann Tower. President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor, Bishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Einar Soone and Chairman of the Estonian Flag Association Jüri Trei spoke at the event.

“The most solemn work today was done by schoolchildren, the flag of Estonia is proudly waving on the Tall Hermann Tower to the glory and joy of us all,” said the President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor at the solemn flag hoisting ceremony. “Today we should also think of those who do much more than others to keep the traditions of our flag, and thank those who preserve the Estonian language and spirit in the wide world.”

The Riigikogu and the Estonian Flag Association gave the national flags with fringe to Tallinn School No. 21 as the keeper and promoter of the Estonian flag culture and school flag tradition, and to Riga Estonian Basic School as the keeper of the Estonian culture and language.

The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, who organises Tartu Sacred Song Festival this summer, and Noarootsi Gymnasium were given traditional hand-carried flags by the Estonian Flag Association.

The guard of honour of the Estonian Defence League, Young Eagles, Home Daughters, scouts and guides, and also the flags of societies and associations were lined up in the Governor’s Garden. The Orchestra of the Estonian Defence Forces provided music and the choirs of the Estonian Female Song Society sang.

The Estonian flag is hoisted on the Tall Hermann Tower every day at sunrise, but not earlier than 7 a.m., with the musical signature of the opening phrases of our national anthem, and is lowered at sunset with the musical signature created on the basis of a fragment of Gustav Ernesaks’s song “Mu isamaa on minu arm” (“My Fatherland Is My Love”).

Today, on the 131st anniversary of the flag of Estonia, all who wish can visit the Tall Hermann Tower from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photos of the flag hoisting ceremony

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