On Saturday, 9 March, 80 years will pass from the bombing of Tallinn and other Estonian towns by the Soviet Air force. In the evening of 9 March 1944, the Soviet Air Force threw over 3000 bombs to the living quarters of Tallinn. 20,000 people were left homeless, 554 Estonian citizens were killed.

We kindly invite everyone to commemorate the victims of the bombing of Tallinn, Tartu, Narva and other Estonian towns in February and March 1944.

• A memorial service will be held at 12:00 at Siselinna Cemetery (Toonela tee 3).

• A memorial concert will take place from 18:00 to 19:00 at St Nicholas´ Church, presently operating as Niguliste Museum. The commemoration speeches will be given by historian Küllo Arjakas, Head of Tallinn City Archives and Mihhail Kõlvart, Mayor of Tallinn. Music will be performed by the Chamber Choir of Veronika Portsmuth Choir Academy and Tiit Kiik (organ). The concert is free of charge.

 At 19:15, candles are lit along Harju Street, which has become a symbol of brutal attacks by the Russian airforce against peaceful citizens. President of the Republic Alar Karis, archbishop Urmas Viilma, members of the Riigikogu and the government will pay their respects together with citizens of Tallinn.

• At 20:00, Benjamin Britten’s grand “War Requiem” will be performed at Kaarli Church. The concert is organized by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater in cooperation with the City of Tallinn. Tickets for the “War Requiem” are available at Piletikeskus and Piletilevi.