Today saw the marking of the end of World War II in Europe, and the commemoration of all those who fell or were killed in that war, in the memorial square at Maarjamäe.
As a representative of the Government, Minister of Culture Urve Tiidus laid wreaths at the monuments of all those who fell in World War II, at Maarjamäe.
“We must not forget the last day of WW II for the sake of all those millions of people who had been looking forward to it on the battlefields and in their homes. For the sake of those many, too many people who did not see the end of the war. For the sake of those unlived lives which are cut into monuments, in the memories of their loved ones and in the hope that never again would anyone have to die in devastating wars,” said Minister of Culture Urve Tiidus in her speech delivered at Maarjamäe.
“Today, we commemorate all those who fell or were killed in World War II. Estonian people who fought wearing different uniforms. Civilians who fell victim to repressions.”
To pay their respects to all those who fell or were killed in World War II, chaplains of the Defence Forces also laid wreaths today at the monument of Red Army soldiers, at the Defence Forces cemetery, and at the memorial to the victims of Nazism, at the Jewish cemetery at Rahumäe.
On 7 May 1945, in Reims, France, representatives of the Allies and the German armed forces signed the instrument of surrender of the German Reich under which hostilities ended in Europe on 8 May.
On 22 November 2004, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution concerning the observance of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, in which 8 and 9 May were declared days of remembrance and reconciliation. The resolution called for the observance of either or both days in an appropriate manner and for respects to be paid annually to all those who lost their lives in World War II.
Photos of today’s remembrance events are available at: http://pildid.mil.ee/Teise-maailmas-ja-l-ppemise-ning-s-ja-ohvrite-ja-langenute-m-lestusp-eva-t-histamine-08-05-2014