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Staff Sergeant Jyri Laats at Fort Bragg, North Carolina with his self propelled anti-tank gun and crew.

 

Master Sergeant Jyri Laats (US Army Retired) passed away quietly in Palm Springs, California recently at the age of 95. A true warrior has entered Manala (Estonian for the great thereafter). Laats was born in independent Estonia in 1923 in Põlva, one of two brothers. His mother fled Estonia in  1944 and reached the west; she died in Australia. His brother fell in combat against the Communists.

John McCain in Estonia April 2014 Tairo Lutter Postimees

John McCain in Estonia April 2014. Photo: Tairo Lutter/Postimees

 

While there has been no shortage of tributes to the late Senator John McCain from many Estonian sources in the last week, EANC would like to highlight a few notable memories of his work in support of Estonia and the Baltic region. 

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NATO has released a short, dramatised documentary about forest brothers – the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian partisans who waged a guerrilla war against the Soviet occupation, writes The Estonian World (estonianworld.com). 

On September 19 at 6 pm, the commemorative service “Don’t Want to Leave, But Cannot Stay – The 1944 Great Exodus from Estonia” will take place at Jaani (St. John’s) Church in Tallinn at the request of the Estonian World Council (ÜEKN). 

The Parliament of Estonia adopted amendments to the Citizenship Act expanding the Estonian language learning opportunities for people who seek Estonian citizenship. 

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It worked! Freezing the entire bag of astel/paju (sea buckthorn) berries as they had been purchased (haljal oksal, "on the leafy branch"), resulted in the bright orange C-vitamiin rich marjad literally popping off their asteldega (thorny) branches, as opposed to becoming lömastatud (smushed). Buying them in this puhastamata "uncleaned" state meant a better price. 5 € for a 1 kilogram bag. And cutting the bushes back encourages them even more. They're a tough lot – kanged. Photo: Riina Kindlam 

On September 15, 2018, World Cleanup Day, people in 150 countries will stand up against the global trash problem and clean up waste, making it the biggest positive civic action the world has seen. Volunteers worldwide will come together to rid our planet of trash – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.

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In Estonia, school begins on September 1, which in Estonian is known as: esimene (1.) september . This year, that day happened to be a laupäev(Saturday). So what happened? Some schools chose to have their ava/aktus(opening ceremony) on the following esmaspäev(Monday), but a lot stuck by their 1. septembri traditsioonand gathered on Saturday morning with lilled (flowers) to give to their teachers.

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