Fireworks and processions mark 101st anniversary of Latvian independence

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The 101st anniversary of independence for the Republic of Latvia was commemorated on November 18 with a multitude of celebratory events including various processions, speeches and ending with a fireworks display over the Daugava river.

The morning began at 8:00 with a procession from the University of Latvia to the Brethren Cemetery to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Freedom Fights. The procession included members of fraternal organizations, as well as other academic organizations.

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A military parade was held on the Novmeber 11 Embankment to commemorate 100 years since the founding of the Latvian army. One and a half thousand members of the National Armed Forces participated in the parade along with Interior Ministry and international units. Onlookers said that the parade provides a feeling of unity and security.

In the evening President Egils Levits addressed those gathered at the Freedom Monument.

“In Latvia's next century we must become a society ruled by mutual respect and trust, where people consider each other to be equals,” said President Levits.

The day concluded with a spectacular fireworks display over the Daugava river by the November 11 Embankment.

Independence Day was celebrated throughout Latvia with fireworks displays and various other commemorative events.

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