Dear Singers. Dear People.
Our Song Festival has always been about Freedom, from the first festival one hundred and fifty years ago.
We have sung in celebration of Freedom.
We have sung of the lack of Freedom.
We have sung of our intense yearning for freedom.
And we have been silent, when we could not sing of these things.
We have sung ourselves free.
And we sing to remain free.
For Freedom cannot be silent.
Freedom is our Song.
I declare the 26th Song Festival open.
Long Live Estonia!
The Dean of Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University of Massachusetts, United States of America, former admiral James G. Stavridis, awarded the Fletcher School Medal of Honor to President Ilves; the award was established in 1983 as an acknowledgement to leaders who promote global peace, prosperity and justice.
At the reception on the 23rd anniversary of the restoration of Estonia's independence, held in the rose garden of the Office of the President, Head of State Toomas Hendrik Ilves commended the Estonian Defence League (Kaitseliit) as one of the key facilitators of that restoration process.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, sent a letter of condolences today to his French colleague, François Hollande, to express his condolences in the wake of the Air Algerie plane crash.