Embassy of Latvia invites to honor Latvian freedom fighters at the Rock Creek Cemetery on November 11

30.10.2018. 18:54

Ambassador of Latvia to the United States Andris Teikmanis, Military Attaché Col. Dzintars Roga, Latvian diaspora organization “Daugavas Vanagu apvienība,” and the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Washington, DC. invites everyone to mark the Lāčplēsis Day on Sunday, November 11 at 11.00 am at the Latvian section of the Rock Creek Cemetery to honor Latvian freedom fighters and diplomats.

Lācplēsis Day is a memorial day related to the Latvian War of Independence and specifically to the Latvian Army’s victory over the military forces of Pavel Bermondt-Avalov who attacked Riga on November 11, 1919. The name of the memorial day is related to the Latvian state decoration - Order of Lāčplēsis, which in turn is named for the protagonist of the Latvian national epic, Lāčplēsis (“Bear-slayer”). The memorial day is marked to honor the memory of all fallen Latvian soldiers. Five recipients of the Order of Lāčplēsis are buried at the Rock Creek Cemetery.

The entrance to the cemetery is opposite of Harewood Rd, NW, where Rock Creek Church Rd and Webster Rd meet.

Afterwards, the attendees are invited to a small reception at the Embassy of Latvia (2306 Massachusetts Ave, NW).