Latvia has a number of commemorative days to mark its historical struggle for freedom, but November 18th is the most important of all. Ninety-eight years ago, the country proclaimed itself an independent republic despite ongoing military action. After the dark days of Soviet occupation, full independence was once again established in 1991. The Proclamation of 1918 remains the proudest national holiday.
Each part of the small country plans special joyful activities. In Riga various parades and festive events take place, notably focused on the Freedom monument. Evening torchlight processions and fireworks complete the celebrations.
Pray that Putin keeps his hands off this prospering, vibrant land on the Baltic Sea.
Photos: BDM 2013
© 2016 Brenda Dougall Merriman