Latvian celebration of Lāčplēsis Day and Independence Day
The month of November makes every Latvian proud and very often we see Latvians
wearing a small Latvian flag on their clothes – being it just a pin or a
ribbon. The month of November is a Patriot month in Latvia.
The period between the Proclamation of the Independent Republic of Latvia on
the 18th of November 1918 and the 11th of November 1919 was one of the most
complicated periods in Latvia's history as battles were still going on for the
independence of the newly-born country. Only in 1919 it became clear that
Latvia was genuinely independent when the Russian Army was driven from Riga
during the Latvian War of Independence.
During Patriotic month, the Baltic Defence College (BALTDFECOL) Latvian
students and faculty collected donations for National Defence and Patriotism
Foundation “NAMEJS”. The aim is to support veterans who have served in the
Latvian National Armed Forces and their families. Donors received a unique pin
with a ribbon.
On the 11th of November, the Latvian contingent of the BALTDEFCOL, together
with representatives of the Tartu Latvian Society and the Ambassador of Latvia
to Estonia, H.E. Ms Kristīne Našeniece laid candles as every year in Tartu
Raadi cemetery to commemorate Latvian soldiers who died in Estonia during
World War I.
On the 16th of November, the Latvian contingent of the BALTDEFCOL celebrated
the most important day for Latvians - Independence Day. The reception was
opened by the Latvian Senior National Representative, Colonel Dzintars Roga,
who shortly explained the importance of the events that took place during the
week between 11th to 18th November. It was followed by the Commandant of the
BALTDEFCOL, Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm, who congratulated all the Latvians
on their most important day. On reception participated honorable guest, former
Latvian freedom fighter Bruno Javoišs. In 1963, at the age of 23, he put on
the huge independent Latvian flag on the top of 90-meter-high radio tower in
the center of Riga.
On the 18th of November, the BALTDEFCOL Flag group took part in the Latvian
military parade in Riga together with Latvian army troops, Ministry of
Interior forces, Young Guard units, and NATO entities and forces.
Sincerest congratulations to all Latvians! Happy 104th Anniversary,