Liberty Monument - 14 June Remembrance
Liberty Monument - 14 June Remembrance Riga Reviews
Lest we Forget.. Aug 09, 2014
First stop after breakfast was Liberty Monument, a symbol of national independence.
Built in the inter-wars years when, for a brief time Lativa had gained independence from Russia, it is a pink granite base, decorated with Latvian heroes and topped with a female figure holding aloft three golden stars which represent the three cultural regions of the country.
I arrived around eleven to see a few bunches of flowers at the foot of the monument and the odd person paying their respects. I took a few photos and went off to do other things.
When I returned a couple of hours later,however, the place was totally changed.. the few flowers had become a carpet.. There was a crowd, camera crew, policemen, soldiers on guard and an important looking man making a speech surrounded by body guards.. evidently not your average day at the monument I concluded..
It took a while but I finally found someone who could speak English well enough to fill me in on what was going on.
Each 14 June, a memorial service is held held at the site to remember the thousands of Latvians who were deported in 1941 by the Soviets, the majority never to return to their country again, instead dying in the harsh Siberian gulags.
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