Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves Wednesday signed the decision to decorate 99 persons for services to Estonia on the eve of the country's 98th Independence Day celebration.
«The decorations are a testimony to Estonian people and our supporters outside Estonia for their determination in their actions and loyalty to the principles on which modern Estonia stands -- openness, democracy, knowledge, innovation,» Ilves wrote in the decision to award the decorations.
President Ilves will hand over decorations on February 23.
In 2011-2015 Ilves decorated 99 persons each year. In both 2010 and 2009 President Ilves gave decorations to 97 persons, while in 2008 he decorated 268 and in 2007 a total of 342 people.