The Montreal Baltic Artists Association supports the memorial Tribute to Liberty being erected in Ottawa because we share a similar history and fate.
During the horrific events of WW2 lives were lost and destroyed. Families were separated. The singing nations had struggled for centuries because of powers they could not control. When WW1 offered the opportunity to establish independent nations they achieved extemely high standards during 20 plus years. Literacy was among the highest in Europe. Talented artists, musicians, educators, as well as, technical experts, such as engineers became known.
We hope this memorial will remind future generations to protect and value their heritage, and value principles of justice. We also hope they will understand they have the freedom to create happiness of identity in a multicultural nation of countless opportunities.