Estonian president to decorate 99 persons on Independence Day eve

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PHOTO: Peeter Langovits

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.