Sunflower alley planted at Likteņdārzs memorial park

A yellow field of sunflowers against a blue sky will soon create the scenery at the Likteņdārzs memorial park, as politically repressed people of Latvia together with Ukrainian refugees and allies gathered on Saturday, May 7, to plant an alley of several hundred flowers, Latvian Television reported.

The event was intended as a Mother's day celebration for the refugees from Ukraine living near Aizkraukle.

“On this sunny day, I would like to thank Latvia and all Latvians for your kindness, generosity, help, and support. For accepting Ukrainians and welcoming us so warmly. Thank you very much,” said Ukrainian National Organ and Chamber Music Hall soloist Anna Labuta said.

At Likteņdārzs memorial park, Latvians remember and mention the suffering and repression inflicted on a small nation by the superpowers. “We have not forgotten this, so we are very well aware of the feelings of Ukrainians,” said one of the organizers of the event, European Parliament Member Sandra Kalniete. The head of Latvia's politically repressed association Ivars Kaļķis also agreed.

"Very similar. We had it at the beginning and end of the 40s. But for Ukrainians, it must be experienced one century away. Then the repression was carried out by Stalin's regime, now the Putin regime," said Kaļķis.

Following the formal event, the politically repressed members of Latvia, together with Ukrainian families, planted a sunflower alley in Likteņdārzs with seeds from Ukraine. Sunflowers, as a symbol of Ukraine, will demonstrate the friendship and solidarity of both nations.

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