VIDEO: Lāčplēsis Day in Latvia

LTV is providing extensive coverage of Latvia's day of remembrance for its fallen soldiers and freedom fighters, with one of the highlights being the traditional lighting of candles at the walls of Rīga Castle. You can see what it looks like in the video below.


In an additional element, a special flaming raft was launched into the waters of the River Daugava.


In attendance at Rīga Castle was President Edgars Rinkēvičs, who told LTV that Latvia should be a confident nation and resist intimidation by those who seek to belittle it.

He pointed out that "we have often thought of ourselves that we are patriots for one week a year and then everyone is grumpy again, but that is not the case... It is a matter of responsibility of each of us, how we help our country every day," President Rinkevičs said.
Minister of Defense Andris Sprūds, in his speech at the main military cemetery in Rīga, made a similar point. "On this day, we remember that Latvia is each of us, we are building Latvia and Latvia's future, we will be proud of our country and protect Latvia together," said the minister.
Similar events of remembrance are taking place across Latvia. The picture below shows a scene from Daugavpils.

To learn more about Lāčplēsis Day and its significance, you might like to read this explanation. If you would like to follow LTV's live coverage, you can do so here.


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