Unique Flag of Latvia arrives in Vancouver on its global journey!
April 7, 2017
The Latvian Flag and the Latvian Diaspora
Next year, on the 18th of November 2018, Latvia will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence and the founding of the State of Latvia. This was the culmination of a long and bitter struggle against the feudal Czarist regime. It resulted in a flowering of the country, economically and culturally. Unfortunately, World War II, the occupation by Germany and then the invading forces of Communist Russia resulted in thousands of Latvians fleeing the country and becoming refugees. Most of these people were resettled to the far corners of the world, to Australia, Argentina, Canada and many other countries.
As they settled into their new lands, they kept alive the memory of their homeland. They maintained their cultural identity through Latvian societies, church congregations, choral and traditional dance groups. The collapse of communism and the Soviet system enabled Latvia, once again, to become independent and free. With this came freedom of movement. Many sought new opportunities in other parts of the world, and so a new diaspora was formed.
To commemorate the anniversary of independence, and to permit all Latvians globally to feel part of this event, a unique Flag was hand crafted in Cesis, Latvia. It is travelling throughout the world, with a commemorative book for messages and comments. This flag will be in Vancouver next week. A flag ceremony and celebration will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Redeemer Lutheran church.
For more information please contact:
Director – Latvian Society of British Columbia
Latvian Flag Ceremony in Vancouver
Saturday April 15, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 P.M.
Redeemer Lutheran Church
1499 Laurier Ave.
Latvian Flag Information from the Latvian Cultural Ministry