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February 24, 2019 – Estonia Independence Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the members of the Canadian Estonian community on the occasion of Estonia Independence Day.

On February 24th, 1918, the Estonian Declaration of Independence was read in the capital city of Tallinn. This proclamation established the foundation of the Republic of Estonia. Although the Republic was incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1940, Estonia once again gained full independence in 1990. Since then, February 24th has been celebrated both as the day of the first Declaration of Independence, as well as Estonia’s National Day.

 

Each year, in celebration of Independence Day, a Presidential reception and parade are held in one city in Estonia, with the host city differing from one year to the next. A concert is held prior to the reception; fireworks displays are also put on as part of the festivities.

 

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our City flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

 

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.