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Latvia celebrates Lāčplēsis Day

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn 11 November, Latvia celebrates Lāčplēsis Day. This day marks the victory of Latvia’s Army over Bermont Forces. A military parade will commence in Riga, Victory Square at 12:55. This parade will be attended by units from the National Armed Forces and Interior Affairs Ministry.

The military parade will represent units from Latvia’s National Defence Academy, Headquarters Battalion, Infantry Brigades, the Navy, Air Force and National Guard.

The parade, which will be attended by approximately 370 troops, will be led by Air Force Base Commander Armands Saltups. The parade will be visited by President Raimonds Vejonis, Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis and Commander of Latvia’s National Armed Forces Raimonds Graube, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Before the parade, there will be a festive change of honour guard at the Freedom Monument to commemorate the fallen Latvian freedom fighters.

The parade will be broadcast live by LTV.

At 09:00 officials of Defence Ministry gathered in Riga Dome Cathedral for a service to commemorate the memory of all Latvian soldiers who fell in the freedom fight. At 11:00 flowers will be carried to the Riga Brothers Cemetery.

At 14:00, there will be festive honour guard change at Riga Castle. At the same time, a commemorative fire will be lit at Latvian War Museum.

Festive flower-laying ceremony will be held at Oskars Kalpaks’ monument in Espalanade at 14:45.

AT 16:00, Adazi Military Base personnel will open a monument dedicated to the fallen soldiers.

Defence Ministry and National Armed Forces invite residents to take part in commemorative events. Soldiers and members of the National Guard will take active part in many commemorative events around Latvia.

Lāčplēsis Day is celebrated in Latvia in honour of the victory of Latvia’s army over Bermont forces in November 1919. Latvian army commenced its decisive attack against Bermont on 9 November. Although the fight was tough, Bermont’s forces were pushed out of Riga on 11 November.

Latvia’s Freedom Fight – the fight for the country’s independence – lasted from 18 November 1918, the day of proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, until 11 August 1920, when the Latvian-Russian peace treaty was signed.

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