Respectable Mr President,
members of the Riigikogu and the Government,
ladies and gentlemen,
dear people of Estonia.
25 years ago, in this very same hall, the Republic of Estonia was restored. We now have a state, a democratic 21st century state. This has been achieved through the contribution of all Estonian people, irrespective of where they live, their profession or living standard.
Today's children only know about the occupation as part of the memories of their grandparents. They are the grandchildren of a free Estonia. Today I think about these children – and of their grandchildren.
But indeed, how small is the number of these children. Babies sleep in cots in fewer than fifteen thousand Estonian homes. Approximately one hundred thousand preschool children are there to sneak into their parents' beds in the morning. All over the world there are hundreds of millions of such children.
These one hundred thousand children and their older siblings are our responsibility. As children grow, they will inevitably lose their sincere faith in the goodness of the world. It is our job to keep up the faith that these children have in Estonia, themselves and the future.
All the people present in this hall have given one or other oath that conveys the same message: to remain faithful to our constitutional order. This represents an acceptance that common, shared values stand above everyday bickering and self-interest.
In our activities, we create the framework for the meaning of freedom, fairness and justice in Estonia. We – and we alone – can maintain both the separation and balance of powers. Our attitude, mentality and activities will decide whether people feel that the highest authority is vested in them. We will determine whether the new generations will have faith in Estonia and themselves and in the future. Let us endeavour to keep their faith.
Ladies and gentlemen, as I stand here before you, I would like to acknowledge my predecessors, as each and every one of them has been great in his era. Lennart Meri by taking Estonia into the West, Arnold Rüütel by bringing Estonia and Europe to the people and Toomas Hendrik Ilves by launching Estonia into cyber space.
In this increasingly complex world shrunk by information density, we have Estonia, a simultaneously stable and constantly transforming nation that is looking for new targets.
We have a society that believes in education, where schoolchildren exceed their peers almost everywhere in the world.
We have a health care system, which may occasionally give us cause to complain, yet contributes to the steady increase of average life expectancy. We have a unique culture that binds us together with a wreath of flowers. We have our language, which rises up to the heavens in the winds of incantation and seeks eternity.
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