Thank you President Komorowski for your invitation to gather here in Westerplatte to commemorate the end of the Second World War, a war whose influence will reverberate through history for centuries to come. This place, so rich in symbolism, allows us to remember all those who died in that war as well as the fates of those who survived. Especially in this part of the world. On May 8th 2015 there are no victors, no losers, only survivors and their children and children's children. It is a day to honor all those who needlessly suffered.
The horrendous violence unleashed by two dictators through a secret agreement destroyed states, took their countries from their people. The sacrifices of millions of allies brought freedom to the victims. But Freedom only for some. Others continued in slavery, only the masters changed, along with the masters' symbols changed. Totalitarian rule remained. Eastern Europe found their yokes changed but they were not free.
The Western part of Europe, the part that was truly liberated, found an answer: the integration of Europe, democratic and at peace, without "spheres of influence", without secret protocols.
We have been at peace among ourselves for so long now – seven decades – that we believe this to be the status quo. It is, but only within our own borders. Yet we only delude ourselves if we believe that our own security and safety remains unaffected when our neighbors are invaded, their territory annexed, their cities bombed with Grad missiles. This is no less than a complete abandonment of international law and the foundations of the peace that has reigned on our continent since 1945.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves sent a letter of congratulations to Andrzej Duda, the President-elect of Poland.
"Europe needs more of the Germany of Gauck and Merkel – today's Germany combines moral values and determination and hides the source of Europe's competitiveness," stated President Toomas Hendrik Ilves upon the completion of his state visit.
The Mayor of Tartu, Urmas Klaas, placed a wreath on behalf of the President of the Republic at a memorial in Geesthacht forest cemetery that is shared by war refugees from the three Baltic states.