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Tomorrow, 4 June is the 140th anniversary of the national flag of Estonia. On this occasion, the Board of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) and the Estonian Flag Association invite everyone to the flag raising ceremony in the Governor’s Garden at Toompea at 7 a.m. From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., it will be possible to visit the Tall Hermann Tower.

President of the Riigikogu Lauri Hussar and Chairman of the Estonian Flag Association Jüri Trei will speak at the ceremony. Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Urmas Viilma will say a blessing.

The raising of the flag will be accompanied by national anthem of Estonia. Eugen Himma from the Estonian Flag Association, Janar Künamägi from the Estonian Students Society, Uku Aaron from Laagri School and Aivi Jürgenson from the Estonian National Museum will assist at the raising of the flag.

The flag guards of the Guard Battalion, the Estonian Defence League, the Women’s Home Defence, Young Eagles, Home Daughters, Scouts, Guides, as well as schools, academic associations and patriotic organisations will attend the ceremony in the Governor’s Garden.

Tallinn Police Orchestra and tthe choirs of schools and the Estonian Female Song Society will perform at the ceremony. The choirs will sing “Hoia, Jumal, Eestit” (“God Save Estonia”; Juhan Aavik, lyrics Aleksander Leopold Raudkepp) and “Eesti lipp” (“Flag of Estonia”; Enn Võrk, lyrics Martin Lipp).

From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Tall Hermann Tower will be open for visiting. Tours will start every full and half hour. In order to ensure smooth entrance, free tickets showing time of entry to the tower will be distributed to visitors in the Governor’s Garden from 1.30 p.m. The tower is narrow, and therefore group sizes are limited. We recommend to get your tickets as early as possible to secure a place on the tour.

On the occasion of the anniversary of the Estonian flag, a flag wall for taking photos will be put up in the Governor’s Garden. It will be possible to buy refreshing drinks ang ice cream.

The first blue, black and white flag was sewn in spring 1884. It was blessed and consecrated at Otepää parsonage in South Estonia on 4 June 1884. This year we celebrate the 140th anniversary of the consecration of the national flag of Estonia.

Riigikogu Press Service
Maiki Vaikla
+372 631 6456, +372 5666 9508
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