WWII Memorial Day

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On the 8th of May, Estonia, together with the rest of Europe and the United States of America, will celebrate the end of World War II. Estonia will remember all of those who died during the war and honour those who helped to defeat fascism in Europe.

The Government of Estonia condemns the activities of all persons who committed crimes against humanity or those who orchestrated mass repressions in the territory of our country.

In honour of the victims of the war, on the 8th of May members of the Government will attend a special laying of wreaths at the holocaust memorial in Klooga, the cemetery of the Estonian Defence Forces, and Maarjamäe memorial ground, announced the press service of the Defence Ministry to Delfi.

The diplomatic corps will also participate in the Memorial Day events with the Estonian Government. On the 22nd of November 2004, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, whereby the 8th and 9th of May were declared days of commemoration and reconciliation. The resolution called for a suitable tribute on one or both of these days each year, to honour all those who lost their lives as a result of the war.

Estonia had also supported this resolution and celebrated the 60th anniversary of World War II on the 8th of May 2005, commemorating those who died in combat as well as those who were victims of repressions and crimes perpetrated by occupying forces during the war.

On Wednesday, the 9th of May, Europe Day will be celebrated as a day of reconciliation and forgiveness. It is as important in Estonia, as it is throughout Europe that we respect each other and our nation.