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Estonian Cultural Garden 50th Anniversary

Estonian Cultural Garden 50th Anniversary
June 26, 2016

The Estonian Cultural Garden was dedicated June 19, 1966. An anniversary celebration event was held on June 26, 2016.

Estonian Cultural Garden sign


Toomas Tubalkain served as MC and welcomed the crowd to the 50th anniversary celebration of the Estonian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio. It was also the annual celebration of Victory Day (Võidupüha) and St. John's Day (Jaanipäev).

Toomas Tubalkain

Toomas Tubalkain


He recognized dignitaries in the crowd and read letters of support and congratulations.



Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys spoke at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Estonian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio. She congratulated the Estonian community for their beautiful Garden.

Ingrida Bublys

Ingrida Bublys



Toomas Tubalkain gave some history of the struggle for Estonian independence and the use of a multinational force.



Next, Toomas Tubalkain spoke about the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.



Toomas Tubalkain introduced The Honorable Mrs. Marki Tehhonova-Kreek, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Estonian Embassy, Washington DC as keynote speaker at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Estonian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio.

Mrs. Marki Tehhonova-Kreek

Mrs. Marki Tehhonova-Kreek


The first part of her speech was about Estonia's investment in international relations and security policy. She said not to become passive and assume everything we have achieved in the past 25 years is irreversible. History is not final. She spoke about NATO and reacting to the "new normal" after the escalation of Russian aggression in Ukraine.



This part of the Deputy Chief's speech was about Crimea, Ukraine and the migration crisis.

Mrs. Marki Tehhonova-Kreek

Mrs. Marki Tehhonova-Kreek




This part of Mrs. Marki Tehhonova-Kreek's speech was about how Estonia has emerged as a digital society with the highest number of tech startups in Europe. She said that they rely on and trust information technology more than any other nation. She said that 2 decades ago, one half of the population didn't even have a phone line.



This last part of her speech was in Estonian.



Next, Toomas Tubalkain introduced Trina Pirn who read a short prayer in Estonian and then in English.

Trina Pirn

Trina Pirn



Kimberly Godfrey performed Once upon a dream from Sleeping Beauty, Somewhere over the Rainbow and Edelweiss at the 50th anniversary celebration.

Kimberly Godfrey

Kimberly Godfrey



Toomas Tubalkain gave his closing remarks and then the young people led the procession to place flowers at the Estonian monument.

Group at Estonian Cultural Garden 50th anniversary event

Group at Estonian Cultural Garden 50th anniversary event


The US and Estonian national anthems were sung and a group photo was taken.



Page 2 - Photos from the 50th anniversary event

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