Kaljulaid commemorates nation-building Estonian War of Independence

On the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Estonian War of Independence, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid reminded that the victorious fight for the nation’s independence had been initially considered a lost cause by the general public.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported that the anniversary was on Wednesday, Thursday 28. The President visited the monument to the Battle of Riigiküla in Ida-Viru County.

Kaljulaid stated in an address: «The beginning of the War of Independence was one of the bleakest moments of that war. Our country and our army had only just been born, and absolutely everything was lacking. There were many who considered the fight against an overwhelming enemy a lost cause. The first general mobilisation of the army was a failure. (..) It would have been very easy to choose what at first would have seemed to be the easier solution, to stay at home, shirk the responsibility, submit to the enemy and accept our fate.»

The President evaluated that the War of Independence proved that Estonia can achieve anything if it only wants and dares to try. «The decision to rise against an overwhelming aggressor is always difficult, but not doing it always has disastrous consequences.»

In the 1918-1920 war, Estonian forces liberated with the help of Scandinavian volunteers and the United Kingdom its territory from Soviet Russian and Landeswehr German forces.

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