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Freedom Monument’s honour guard to perform different demonstrations

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Wednesday, December 10th, the 95th anniversary since the formation of the Headquarters Battalion will be celebrated in Riga will different festivities.

At 09:10 there will be an ecumenical service held at St Peter’s Church. After the service, Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis and Commander of Latvian National Armed Forces Raimonds Graube will address words of congratulation. At 11:00 there will be a festive changing of honour guard at the Freedom Monument, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Soldiers of the Honour Guard have prepared a special programme for residents and guests of Riga. During the festive changing of the guard (10:00-16:00) there will be several additional activities. It addition to the patrol, soldiers will perform special demonstrations with their rifles. Because of this, the preferred M-16 rifle will be replaced with M-14, which are used specifically for festivities and demonstrations of this kind.

During the creation of Latvia’s army, the post of the Supreme Army Commander was created on July 10th, 1919. With that, it was also necessary to form the Supreme Commander’s Headquarters. The Headquarters Battalion was formed in 1936, but it was terminated shortly after the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union.

After the restoration of independence in 1992, the Defence Force Headquarters Battalion was formed. It was charged with the same functions the battalion performed prior to WW II. Over time, the range and variety of different objectives the battalion now performs have increased.

The Headquarters Battalion includes different sub-units: Honour Guard, Headquarters and Support Unit, Radio Communications and Radio Engineering Unit, Communications and Information System Support Centre and Armed Forces Orchestra.

The Honour Guard is stationed at the Freedom Monument every day at 10:00-16:00. Soldiers of the Honour Guard replace each other every hour. The Honour Guard are relieved from their duty to stand watch over the Freedom Monument if air temperature drops below -10° C or is above +25° C. Other factors include strong wind or heavy rain.

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