President commemorates March 1944 Tallinn air raid anniversary

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President Kaljulaid lighting a candle in memory of the March 9 1944 air raid victims, at a memorial alcove in Tallinn's Old Town. Source: Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia

Tuesday saw the 77th anniversary of the mass air raid on Tallinn by Soviet bombers, and was marked by small ceremonies including one attended by President Kersti Kaljulaid.

The raid destroyed several historic buildings in the Old Town, killed around 500 people and levelled around a third of the city's buildings, many of which were constructed of wood.

A ceremony at the Siselinna cemetery in the city center, resting place of many of the victims, also took place, with the usual coronavirus restrictions applying, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported.

Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum) also hosts images of the event on a virtual exhbition on its website here (link in Estonian).

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