Kalniete: In the Garden of Fate, we honor people without whom the Latvian state would not exist

Velta Chebotarenoka, societies “4. May Declaration Club ”President, former member of the Supreme Council: “The Garden of Destiny is a garden of souls and our place of remembrance is located here between two paths – from the past to the future, because we are also in the middle between the past and the future. Without us, 1918 would not be remembered, but if there were no Latvian proclaimers, then we, the former members of the Supreme Council, would not have our historical role in the formation of a free and independent Latvia. Thank you to everyone and everyone who helped to become this unique memorial place in the Garden of Fate, where “My voice for Latvia” will always be written on a gray boulder. “

Sandra Kalniete, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Koknese Foundation Council, unveiled the symbolic memorial, reminded that the Garden of Fate is a national memorial to our nation in the 20th century, so it is natural to honor the founders and restorers of Latvia, State of Latvia.

Sandra Kalniete, Chair of the Koknese Foundation Council, Member of the European Parliament: “The personal and life stories of the founders of our country are as tragic and sublime as the history of our country’s first century. In the 20th century, we have been brutally anointed in waves of historical and geopolitical turmoil, and yet many have not only survived, but skillfully used every small opportunity to break out of this pit destined by others. It was a daily heroism. These are stories of surrender that need to be told over and over again to inspire our children and grandchildren. We are not a nation of orphans and self-pityers! We are tough survivors – hardworking, hardworking and smart! And for preserving the spiritual essence of our nation, the greatest gratitude goes to our parents and grandparents in Siberia, Soviet Latvia, Germany, the United States, Australia and elsewhere. They guarded and gathered Latvianness in their children. Without them, the miracle of the Awakening would not be possible and we would not regain our Latvia after half a century of captivity. ”

In honor of the 138 deputies of the Supreme Council who voted for Latvia’s declaration of independence, Sandra Kalniete also called to remember the contribution of the Latvian People’s Front. “Let us always remember that behind each deputy there are 230 thousand members of the Latvian People’s Front and three times the number of supporters of the People’s Front. They all worked hard to do the impossible and, despite the Soviet election law and the presence of foreign troops, two-thirds of the deputies of the Supreme Council who were committed to restoring Latvia’s independence would be elected. It was an hour of heroism for our people. It was a sublime return to freedom and to Europe, where we have always belonged, ”said Sandra Kalniete.

The ceremony was attended by the Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece, who emphasized that the new memorial place is the best confirmation that the Garden of Fate grows, is formed and is open to beautiful ideas. ”It is a place to commemorate, honor and draw inspiration,” said the Speaker.

Ināra Mūrniece, Speaker of the Saeima: “In the Garden of Fate, gratitude is immortalized to the people whose vote decided the fate of Latvia – both in 1918 and in 1990. Now, with a larger time lag, we better understand how important the decision of each individual was at that time, and the new memorial place in the Garden of Fate is dedicated to the most important events in the life of our country. In this place of remembrance, we will always be able to thank the people who decided in favor of freedom and independence. For the good of his people. This is a place that once again helps us understand how strong and smart we have been at different times. ”

With the creation of the new memorial site, Likteņdārzs has become the only place in Latvia where the members of the Latvian People’s Council, who declared Latvia an independent, sovereign and democratic republic on November 18, 1918, and the deputies of the Supreme Council, who adopted Latvia’s 1990 Declaration of Independence, were honored in one place. on 4 May. As a sign of eternal gratitude to these people, their names are engraved on plaques at the memorial site. The authors of the memorial site project are Daiga Zigmunde, Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Civil Engineering of the Latvia University of Agriculture and Professor of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning, and Natalija Ņitavska, Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Latvia University of Agriculture.

38 Members of the Latvian People’s Council, who on November 18, 1918, declared Latvia an independent, sovereign and democratic republic:

Jānis Akuraters, Kārlis Albertiņš, Jānis Ampermanis, Ernests Bauers, Jānis Bergsons, Rūdolfs Bēnuss, Jānis Bērziņš, Erasts Bite, Miķelis Bružis, Jūlijs Celms, Edmunds Freivalds, Dāvids Golts (Zeltiņš), Vāra Gulisni , Stanislavs Kambala, Kārlis Kasparsons, Kārlis Kurševics, Atis Ķeniņš, Fricis Menders, Pēteris Murītis, Oto Nonācs, Spricis Paegle, Andrejs Petrēvics, Augusts Raņķis, Emīls Skubiķis, Marģers Skujenieks, Eduards Strautemp, Edolards Strautnieks, Nikolai Valters, Kārlis Vanags, Jānis Vārsbergs, Jānis Zālītis, Gustavs Zemgals, Artūrs Žers.

138 deputies of the Supreme Council who voted for the Declaration of Independence of Latvia on May 4, 1990:

Juris Aizezers, Skaidrīte Albertiņa, Leonīds Alksnis, Georgs Andrejevs, Andris Apinītis, Romāns Apsītis, Mārtiņš Arnītis, Dzintars Ābiķis, Oļegs Batarevskis, Alberts Bels, Normunds Beļskis, Eduards Berklavs, Andris Bērziņš, Mortis Bērziņš, Indulis Bērziņš , Valdis Biķis, Valdis Birkavs, Jānis Blaževičs, Ojārs Blumbergs, Juris Bojārs, Vilnis Edvīns Bresis, Ivars Briedis, Māris Budovskis, Emerita Buķele, Antons Buls, Ivars Caune, Ints Cālītis, Juris Celmiņš, Juris Cibulis, Curis Mārcis Cīrulis, Ivans Cupruns, Velta Chebotarenoka, Ilma Čepāne, Alfreds Čepānis, Raits Černajs, Imants Daudišs, Jānis Dinevičs, Juris Dobelis, Vladlens Dozorcevs, Vilnis Eglājs, Vladimirs Einiņš, Indars Emsis, Aulis Emsis, Jānis , Andris Felss, Jānis Freimanis, Pēteris Gabrānovs, Jānis Gavars, Imants Geidāns, Ilmārs Geige, Ivars Godmanis, Anatolijs Gorbunovs, Aleksejs Grigorjevs, Guntis Grūbe, Andris Grūtups, Jānis Gulbis, D ainis Īvāns, Agris Jaunkļaviņš, Tālavs Jundzis, Egils Einārs Jurševics, Viktors Kalnbērzs, Imants Kalniņš, Juris Karlsons, Marija Kārkla, Ojārs Kehris, Edvīns Kide, Jānis Kinna, Aleksandrs Kiršteins, Gunārs Klindžāns, Artūrs Kodinds Kozakeviča, Atis Kramiņš, Andrejs Krastiņš, Edmunds Krastiņš, Ivars Krastiņš, Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, Pēteris Krūgaļaužs, Ģirts Krūmiņš, Jānis Krūmiņš, Raimonds Krūmiņš, Jānis Lagzdiņš, Pēteris Laķis, Aēteris Lange, Pēteris Lange, P , Jānis Lucāns, Alfreds Mačtams, Ruta Marjaša, Sarmis Mednis, Igors Movels, Visvaldis Mucenieks, Linards Muciņš, Indulis Ozols, Andrejs Panteļejevs, Gunārs Preinbergs, Andris Plotnieks, Arturs Punovskis, Andris Puzo, Stefans Rāzna, Rolands Repaz Rikards, Broņislavs Salītis, Antons Seiksts, Anna Seile, Vilis Seleckis, Ivars Silārs, Pēteris Simsons, Ludis Skosta, Druvis Skulte, Mihails Stepičevs, Voldemārs Strīķis , Jānis Škapars, Kazimirs Šļakota, Kazimirs Špoģis, Valdis Šteins, Andris Teikmanis, Ludvigs Teteris, Andris Tomašūns, Arvīds Ulme, Ārijs Ūdris, Jānis Vaivads, Dainis Vanags, Mavriks Vulfsons, Jevgēnijs Začšeris Ziedonis.

What is the Garden of Destiny

The Garden of Fate is a unique memorial site, built on donations, designed by the world-famous Japanese landscape architect Masuno Shunmyō and built under the supervision of architect Andris Kronbergs on an island in the Daugava near Koknese. The Garden of Destiny is protected In 2018, a special Law on the Garden of Destiny was adopted by the Saeima.

The Garden of Fate is becoming a garden of bright memory, where you can celebrate the endurance and spiritual strength of the Latvian people. It is dedicated to the memory of all Latvians who died or suffered in the 20th century due to foreign powers. The garden combines an outstanding cultural landscape and architecture with the splendor of the nature of the Koknese peninsula and the Daugava. Every year 70,000 – 100,000 guests visit the Garden of Fate, of which about 30% are children and young people.

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