The Estonian Evengelical Lutheran Church



Sermon on Independence Day – Republic of Estonia

55 years ago, on Midsummer Day of 24 June 1969, Ernst Jaakson, General Consul of the occupied Republic of Estonia in New York, sent out a letter, on an official template with Estonia’s national coat of arms, which included a single sentence, „The people of Estonia join those who hope and work for freedom and a better world.“ The day before, Ernst Jaakson had received a letter from the NASA administration with a request to invite the leaders of his country to provide a goodwill message that the US astronauts would take to the Moon.

Speech – Independence Day sunrise flag-raising ceremony

Dear friends! For 35 years we have been able to come together on Toompea to watch the solemn raising of our national flag on top of Tall Hermann Tower, accompanied by the sounds of the Estonian anthem. This fills our hearts with joy and our souls with a sense of gratitude to our forebears for the right decisions they made and for God’s blessing.