· At 17:00, the Salvation Committee monument by sculptors Margus and Mart Kadarik will be unveiled in front of the Pärnu Kuninga Street Elementary School. It depicts members of the Estonian Salvation Committee Konstantin Päts, Jüri Vilms and Konstantin Konik, as well as Hugo Kuusner, who was the first person to read aloud the Estonian Declaration of Independence
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"The week-long struggle to declare the independence of the Republic of Estonia finally reached a triumph in Pärnu, where on 23 February 1918, the Estonian Declaration of Independence was read to the public for the first time," Margus Kasterpalu, Head of Estonia 100 Major Events said. "If one hundred years ago it was lawyer Hugo Kuusner, delegate of the Estonian Provincial Assembly, who read aloud the declaration, than today it will be Konstantin Päts' grandson Matti Päts.
According to the Mayor of Pärnu Romek Kosenkranius, Pärnu is the birthplace of the Republic of Estonia, and the city carries that title with great pride. "For Pärnu, 23 February is an important day, because it was on that night that the independence of the Republic of Estonia was proclaimed from the balcony of the Endla Theatre. Today, the eyes of all of Estonia, as well as those of all friends of Estonia the world over, are on Pärnu. We are all celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia together, through memorable events," Kosenkranius said.
· At 19.00, the Pärnu municipal reception will take place at the Pärnu Concert Hall, where a new work by Rasmus Puur and Doris Kareva will be premiered. The evening will end with a grand fireworks display at 21:00.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the anniversary of independence will be celebrated for the first time as an entire week of events. The larger centres where major centenary week events will take place from 19-25 February include Tallinn, Haapsalu, Narva, Viljandi, Pärnu, Paide and Tartu.
An overview of the centenary week programme can be found at https://www.ev100.ee/en/estonia-100-centennial-week
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