Sunday will see Estonian flags hoisted in memory of deportation victims

National flags at half-mast.
National flags at half-mast. Source: ERR

Sunday, June 14 is a flag day and a day of mourning in Estonia. All state and local government institutions and public law legal persons will hoist the flag in mourning. Everyone is welcome to hoist the national flag.

Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg and Minister of Defense Jüri Luik will place wreathes at the Estonian Memorial for Victims of Communism to commemorate the victims of deportations at 1 p.m.

On the night of June 14, 1941, Soviet repressive organs deported some 10,000 Estonian to Siberia. Around 6,000 men, women and children died of exhaustion or were killed. The day of mourning remembers all victims of repressions.

The flags will be hoisted at sunrise or by 8 a.m. at the latest and lowered at 10 p.m. Flags of mourning are hoisted so that the lower edge of the flag is parallel to the midway point of the flagpole. The top of the flagpole needs to display a black ribbon with a width of 50 millimeters running along the length of the flag.


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