Last Friday, September 6, Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks, accompanied by General Director Antonio Rajo Moreno, Latvian Ambassador Argita Daudze and other civil and military authorities, inaugurated at the Toledo Army Museum a temporary exhibition entitled Centenary of the Latvian State and Army.
With examples of military uniforms, photographs and more than 300 decorations, the exhibition tells the story of the birth of the army in 1919 and its symbols, rooted in Latvian mythology and ethnography. Despite the challenges Latvia faced at the crossroads between the two totalitarian regimes – Soviet Communist and Nazi – the Latvian nation was able to restore its independence along with the restoration of the army and its symbols.
Both countries have been NATO allies since 2004 and currently more than 300 Spanish military personnel participate in military missions within the framework of NATO’s Reinforced Advanced Presence in Latvia. With this exhibition, Latvia wishes to demonstrate its gratitude to the Spanish Army and to make the history of the Latvian Army better known to all.
The exhibition Centenary of the Latvian State and Army is part of the cultural programme of Latvia’s Centenary in Spain and has been sponsored by the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence. The exhibition can be visited until 14 October in the temporary exhibition hall. Free access.