Today, as in the past seven years on August 20th, Estonian writers, composers, journalists and architects gather here in Kadriorg's Rose Garden. So do many other creative people. And former dissidents. As well as the members of the Supreme Soviet of the days past, and organisers of the Popular Front and the Estonian Congress, whom, today, we would call the voluntary sector.
We are here to celebrate the restoration of our independence 23 years ago. To be more specific, our contribution and the contribution of our colleagues during the period of restoring our independence that culminated on August 20th 1991 with the declaration of having restored Estonian independence.
The supervisory board of the Cultural Foundation shall choose three award winners from the applicants for the Educational Awards of 4,800, 3,500 and 2,900 euros, financed by Danske Bank, and the Physical Sciences Award of 3,900 euros, which is financed by Skype Estonia.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will depart for a state visit to the Kingdom of Norway on 2 September.
What's happening today in Ukraine only serves to prove how important it was to get the occupying Russian troops withdrawn from Estonia and how correct our behaviour was, said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, today at a rally to recall the withdrawal of Russian troops from Estonia on 31 August 1994.