„The Freedom Monument impersonates the message about the will of state of the founders of the country and Latvian people, our dreams about freedom, ur readiness to fight for it, and our readiness to safeguard it.“

Source: Address given Assuming the Office / at the Freedom Monument, https://www.president.lv/en/article/address-he-president-latvia-mr-egils-levits-ar-freedom-monument

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