Prime Minister and President offer Independence Day thoughts

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said on his congratulatory speech for Latvia's independence day, November 18, that the best gifts to the state this year are responsibility, respect and support.

"Every generation has challenges. 102 years ago, that generation had to physically fight for independence of our State, and they did it. 30 years ago, we had to restore our independence, and we did it. Today, our challenge is to win this pandemic, and we will do it."

"The goal was clear 102 years ago, it was clear 30 years ago, and it is clear today. I wish everyone a peaceful celebration and a peaceful mindset towards the future."

The full speech can be watched below (in Latvian).

At the traditional flag-raising ceremony at Rīga Castle, State President Egils Levits offered his thoughts, saying:

"We are a very patriotic nation - people think about their country, about what they can give to the country. 102 years ago, men and women won the state of Latvia. After 20 years of independence, 50 years of occupation followed, and now again 30 years of independence. We are resilient, and each generation must overcome its own difficulties.

"I wish everyone, on the day of the founding of the State of Latvia, bright thoughts about their life, their loved ones, their country. I invite everyone to think more about their loved ones than before, to take care of them, to call those who are in isolation.

"In the next year, Latvia's 103rd, the biggest achievement will be that we will emerge from the crisis and the situation will be better. Bright national holidays to you!"

Flag raising ceremony at Rīga Castle on November 18
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