In the morning of the 99th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, on 24 February at 7.33 a.m., the flag hoisting ceremony will be held in the Governor’s Garden next to Toompea Castle.
“Starting the Independence Day with the hoisting of Estonian blue-black-white flag has become so close to the heart of the people over the years that there is no longer room for us in the courtyard of Toompea Castle. Therefore invite everybody to the flag hoisting ceremony in the Governor’s Garden, where you will get a much better view of the flag rising on the Tall Hermann Tower,” President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor said.
Flag hoisting ceremony has been held in the courtyard of Toompea Castle for the last 17 years (2000–2016). Before that, it was held in the Governor’s Garden, next to Toompea Castle, for 11 years (1989–1999), and this year the ceremony will again be conducted there.
The ceremony starts at 7.33 a.m. with hoisting of the blue, black and white national flag while the national anthem of the Republic of Estonia is performed. After that, President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor will make a speech. Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Urmas Viilma will say the words of blessing.
Student of the Drama School of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, winner of Voldemar Panso Prize Teele Pärn will read the Estonian Declaration of Independence.
The Estonian Police and Border Guard Orchestra and the Estonian Male Choir Society men’s choirs will perform “Eesti lipp” (“Flag of Estonia”, music by Enn Võrk, words by Martin Lipp) and “Hoia, Jumal, Eestit” (”God Protect Estonia”, music by Juhan Aavik, words by Aleksander Leopold Raudkepp). The ceremony will end at around 8 a.m.
The flag hoisting ceremony will be attended by members of the Riigikogu and the Government of the Republic, representatives of constitutional institutions and the diplomatic corps, and the flag hoisting units of patriotic organisations and student corporations. Welcome and join .