Estonia: Free Estonia celebrates 32nd Independence Restoration Day

Estonia is celebrating the 32nd Independence Restoration Day on 20 August 2023, Estonian World reports. Estonia formally restored its independence on 20 August 1991 during the failed Soviet coup attempt, reconstituting the pre-1940 Estonian state. The first country to recognise Estonia’s reclaimed independence was Iceland. The Estonian War Museum (ESM) has placed a giant Estonian flag, “The Colours of Freedom,” consisting of photos taken by 1,136 people on the wall of the Tallinn TV Tower. The August 20 Club, which unites members of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia who voted in favour of the restoration of independence in 1991, held its traditional annual meeting at the Toompea Castle in Tallinn on 20 August 2023, ERR reported. In her welcoming speech, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas noted that the club’s members had made excellent use of the window of opportunity. Lauri Hussar, speaker of the Estonian parliament, the Riigikogu, stressed that freedom was a privilege.