The “Latvian Hero – From Past to Present” project
The Riga Monument Agency, in cooperation with the Council of St. Peter’s Church, Riga, are implementing a project dedicated to the fallen soldiers of WWI (1914—1918) and the War of Independence (1918—1920).
In order to commemorate the Latvian Riflemen and their comrades who fell in battle, and in order to recognize that those past events and their participants have contributed to the creation of the Latvian nation, we will encapsulate the stories and images of our nation’s heroes.
We will also make inquiries into how the descendants of those heroes are presently living and honouring the memories of their ancestors, reaching out to their families both here in Latvia and abroad. We invite you to share all kinds of information about your relatives who fought for the creation of an independent Latvia; who fought in the subsequent independence wars; who fought for reclaiming independence in the Soviet era; and those who are currently protecting our country, participating in various peacekeeping missions across the globe.
Memories and stories about past and present heroes generate a sense of belonging and respect for our native land!
Main activities of the project
- The goal of the “My Hero” campaign is to invite Latvian society to seek out their history, to search for information about the heroes within their families or amongst their regional neighbours who participated in WWI or the subsequent War of Independence for the creation of a Latvian nation.
- The campaign also invites regional museums and various NGO’s in Latvia and abroad to share any information they may have.
- The campaign would also like photographs taken in the Riga Brethren Cemetery (“Rīgas Brāļu Kapi”) from 1915 to present day (the photos can depict visits to the cemetery, including with family, during public events, etc.)
- The materials collected during the campaign will be viewable online at www.mansvaronis.lv. The site will also include photographs sent in from Latvia and abroad depicting the Riga Brethren Cemetery at various points in history.
- The campaign, in cooperation with educational institutions, will organize a folk and fine arts competition for students entitled “My Hero. Latvian Nation Builder”.
- A publication entitled “My Hero” will be produced and available in print format.
- A centennial year exhibition entitled “Latvian Hero – From Past to Present” is planned for November 2018.