Latvia's President invites everyone to mark Lāčplēsis Day at home

November 11 marks Lāčplēsis Day in Latvia - the day of remembrance of those who have fought and fallen for Latvia's freedom.

Lāčplēsis Day is usually accompanied by public events, parades, and lighting candles by Rīga Castle. See our other story summarizing the history and significance of this day.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is recommended that everyone stay at home and mark this day in a more private atmosphere. Latvian President Egils Levits, in his address to the public, also invited everyone to light a candle in their own home.

"Lāčplēsis Day is the biggest day of Latvian army's military victory. Every year on November 11 we honor Latvian soldiers who defended the new state of independent Latvia. The circumstances our army fought in were harsh, even hopeless - Latvia was devastated, illness-ridden and famished. But the dream came true.

We, in overcoming the difficulties of these days, must also be strong-willed, responsible and united.

So let us shine the lights of Lāčplēsis day in the windows of our homes! Remember the victorious day together with our loved ones! Remember those who fought for Latvia with gratitude in our hearts!" said President Levits.

You can watch the full speech in Latvian below.

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