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Latvia’s birthday to be celebrated with a festive Saeima meeting and military parade

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn honour of the 96th anniversary since the day of proclamation of Latvia, there will be a festive Saeima meeting this Tuesday, November 18th, as reported by Saeima press service.

The festive Saeima meeting will be opened by Saeima Chairwoman Ināra Mūrniece. The opening ceremony will also traditionally include the State President, members of the Cabinet of Ministers and former members of the Supreme Council.

Members of the Saeima Praesidium and deputies will also take part in other events dedicated to the state holiday – at 09:00 they will take part in the ecumenical service in Riga Dome Cathedral and at 10:30 in the flower-laying ceremony at Freedom Monument. Deputies will also watch the military parade at November 11th Square, which will begin at 13:00.

This parade will also be attended by many foreign guests: Norwegian Armed Forces Commander Admiral Håkon Brun-Hansen, US Army Europe Deputy Commander Major General Mark McQueen and Michigan National Guard Commander Major General Gregory Vadnais.

Along with Latvian soldiers, there will also be allied soldiers participating in the parade – soldiers from Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, UK and Germany.

The parade will not consist solely of military units. Latvian State Police and State Fire and Rescue Service units will also be taking part in this notable event.

For the third consecutive year the parade will also feature Jaunsardze units – more than 100 cadets and instructors from three Jaunsardze regions, as reported by Defence Ministry.

The parade will conclude with a demonstration of Latvian, US and Norwegian military vehicles, including Mi-17 helicopters, four Agusta Bell 206B and Agusta 109E Power helicopters, two German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighters and two Canadian Royal Air Force CF-188 fighters.

The parade will also feature Latvian National Guard’s K-53 artillery batteries, M41D mortars, L-70 Anti-Air guns and CIG-790 firing system. The Anti-Air Division will also demonstrate RBS-70 anti-missile weapons and PS-70 radars.

Among the vehicles that will be featured during the parade, there will be Mercedes Benz 240 vehicles equipped with Minimi machine guns and HMMWV that are equipped with GMG grenade launchers and Spike anti-tank missile systems, as well as Bandvagn 206 tracked all-terrain vehicles, which have Briwning machine guns and 120 mm mortars.

Latvia State Border Guard will demonstrate Arctic Cat quadricycles and Mitsubishi Pajero models with snow mobiles and motorboats.

The military parade will conclude with allied military vehicles – Norwegian CV90 armored transport, US Bradley M2A2 combat vehicles and M1 Abrams tanks.

On water, residents and guests will be shown different types of patrol ships, including Kristaps-class vessels KA-06 Gaisma and KA-01 Klints, as well as RK-15 speedboat of State Border Guard. Five ships of Latvian Flotilla – A-53 Virsaitis, A-90 Varonis, mine-seekers M-05 Viesturs, two Skrunda-class patrol ships P-05 Skrunda and P-07 Viesite will be stationed along the banks of Daugava. There will also be Lithuania’s M-53 Skalvis and Estonia’s M-315 Ugand.

17th Zemessardze’s Anti-Air battalion will give a 21-gun salute in honour of the day of proclamation of independence of the Republic of Latvia. Order will be maintained by Military Police and a Special Forces Unit during this event.


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