GALLERY and VIDEO: Remembrance Day Ceremony in Tallinn
The Remembrance Day Ceremony, which marks the end of World War I on November 11, 1918, and this year also commemorated the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France, took place today at 10:45 by the Commonwealth War Graves at the Estonian Defense Forces Cemetery in Tallinn.
The ceremony was organized by the British Embassy in Tallinn, in cooperation with the Estonian Defense Forces and the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. It was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Defense and Estonian Defense Forces, as well as several ambassadors.
United Kingdom's Ambassador to Estonia Chris Holtby said: “Remembrance Day is a very special day in the year for everyone in the UK. It is a day when we literally stop everything to think of those who have served in the armed forces of their country, and especially of those who have given their lives or who have been seriously injured. This year has special significance given it is 100 years since the start of World War I, when millions lost their lives.
"But in Tallinn we also remember that World War I also led to the independence of Estonia, and that 112 UK Servicemen gave their lives to secure that freedom. It is time for us to remember, and be thankful for our ongoing alliance and friendship,” he said.
The number of Estonians who fought in the World War I is estimated at around 100,000. About 10 percent were killed or lost in battle.
The Independence War that followed cost the lives of roughly 5,900 Estonian servicemen, as well as those of 196 soldiers from Finland, 112 from the UK, 11 from Denmark, 4 from Sweden and 2 from the US.
Since regaining independence, Estonia has lost 11 servicemen - 2 in Iraq and 9 in Afghanistan.