In the early morning of 24 February, on the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia, everyone is welcome to 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 is played.
President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Henn Põlluaas will deliver a speech at the ceremony. Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Urmas Viilma will say the words of blessing. Student of the Drama School of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, winner of Voldemar Panso Prize Maarja Johanna Mägi will read out the Estonian Declaration of Independence.
President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President Arnold Rüütel, members of the Riigikogu and the Government, representatives of constitutional institutions and the diplomatic corps, and the Estonian Flag Society have been invited to the flag raising ceremony.
The flag raising ceremony in the Governor’s Garden at Toompea will be attended by the flag-raising units of the Defence League, the Women’s Home Defence, the Young Eagles, the Home Daughters, the Scouts, the Guides, academic organisations, as well as societies, associations and schools.
The men’s choirs of the Estonian Male Choir Association, and the Estonian Police and Border Guard 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 Estonian Male Choir Association will be represented by Kuusalu Men’s Choir, the Engineers’ Male Choir, Türnpu Male Choir, Tallinn University Men’s Choir, the Academic Male Choir of Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn Men’s Choir of the Estonian Male Choir Association, the Male Choir of the Estonian Academy of Sciences and the Estonian Teachers Male Choir.
The ceremony will end at around 8.05 a.m.
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