The Freedom Monument was unveiled on October 19 following three-month long restoration works. It was extensively cleaned, including its three gilded stars, and as ever high-ranking officials were present to see Latvia's most recognizable monument brought back to close to mint condition.

"Like a host preparing for a celebration, we're tidying up our house and our symbols," said president Raimonds Vējonis, speaking at the monument. 

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