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LESTENE WARRIOR’S CEMETERY

Location: N56° 46` 20.3", E23° 8` 8.739"

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After the WW II during the Soviet occupation, Latvian legion remembrance was forgotten or it was openly denied. Only after renewal of independence of the REPUBLIC OF Latvia it was possible to rebury soldiers from all Latvia who were fighting in the lines of German army all in one place. Here it is possible to see a monument “Motherland - Latvia” made by sculptor Arta Dumpe. Fallen soldiers from different cemeteries of different war periods have been reburied here. Today there are 934 fallen Latvian soldiers buried in Lestene warrior’s cemetery.

Lestene warrior’s cemetery is located in Tukums region, Lestene. Soldiers who fell during the WW II in lines of Latvian legion are buried here. The cemetery is near the Lestene Lutheran church, together forming a united complex. The formation of Lestene warrior’s cemetery was started on 23rd of April, 1998, the very same time when Kurzeme warrior’s cemetery foundation was established with the task to collect donations for financing the construction works. The biggest part was donated by Daugavas Vanagi association. Today after completion of the construction works it continues to work with cemetery maintenance and it is being continued to collect donations for this goal. There are around 11000 names of the fallen legionnaires engraved on the grave plates, but it is planned that the number of these names will increase to 20000 over the time.

The cemetery is located besides Lestene Lutheran church, which together forms a united complex. Until the WW II the church could be proud for its most luxurious baroque interior in Baltic States. Church suffered significantly during the WW II, and it is possible to see shell marks from the war on church facade. The worst demolition it experienced during the Soviet time was when a grain drying-room was formed in the building. Today the church is being gradually renewed.