We are very honoured to be celebrating the Republic of Latvia’s 102nd birthday in Canada alongside our friends: Canadians.
Latvia, located in northern Europe by the Baltic Sea, was born on 18 November 1918. It is a modern country, but blanketed in forests and a cultural heritage dating back thousands of years. We have an innovative spirit, with 2 million outstanding personalities.
Latvia has warmly welcomed Canada’s contribution to global peace and stability. Canada has led all NATO troops in Latvia during deterrence exercises for more than three years and is very welcome to continue.
We also value Canada’s commemoration of the victims of totalitarian regimes: the monument “Tribute to Liberty” in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories in Ottawa. Positively, this monument also serves to remember those who were fortunate enough to find their liberties again: by escaping to Canada.
Today, let us be reminded that the issues we see on other continents are not just in someone else’s backyard — they are global problems.
We are celebrating an independence for which a dear price was paid, and we thank you for supporting us on this occasion.
Kārlis Eihenbaums, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia in Canada