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Fighters of the War of Independence remembered with a minute of silence

2. January 2022 - 10:19
On January 3, the fighters of the War of Independence remembered with a minute of silence.
On January 3, the fighters of the War of Independence remembered with a minute of silence.

Tomorrow, 3 January at 10:30, those who gave their lives in the War of Independence will be remembered with a minute of silence, as it was at that precise moment 102 years ago when the ceasefire of the War of Independence entered into force. This ended direct hostilities in the War of Independence, and a truce was reached with Soviet Russia on 31 December 1919, during the Tartu peace talks.

The agreement foresaw the cessation of hostilities on the front between Estonia and Soviet Russia, beginning at 10:30 on 3 January 1920. A month later, a peace treaty was signed in Tartu, with the War of Independence ending in victory for Estonia.

The tradition began in the 1920s, where a minute of silence would be observed each year at 10:30 on 3 January – the moment when the ceasefire entered into force – in order to honour the Estonians and foreigners who fought and gave their lives for Estonia’s freedom in the War of Independence. In observance of the Commemoration Day of the Estonian War of Independence, 3 January is a flag day in Estonia. The Estonian flag is hoisted by all state and local government agencies and legal persons in public law, with everyone else also being free to do so.

In addition to Allied soldiers and volunteers, 74,505 troops took part in the War of Independence on the Estonian side. A total of 5,540 of these soldiers were killed.

Tomorrow at 10:35, Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet will give a speech at the War of Independence Victory Column, after which Mona Reisberg, an 11th grade student at the Tallinn Secondary School of Science, and a representative of the League of Estonian Corporations, will speak. After that, Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet, the representatives of the Defence Forces and the Defence League will lay wreaths at the foot of the Victory Column, in Tallinn.

An event commemorating those who lost their lives in the War of Independence will also take place on Peetri Square, in Narva, where Kusti Salm, Permanent Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defence, will give a speech at 10:32, followed at 10:37 by a speech from the Mayor of Narva Katri Raik. Wreaths will be laid at 11:30 in the Siivertsi cemetery.

Additional information: press@kaitseministeerium.ee