Nowadays

Although Harald and the other soldiers who battled for Estonia's national independence in the Second World War succeeded and the independence was gained, most leaders of the modern Estonia, who mostly are "former" communists and cosmopolites only interested in their career, have not had the courage to acknowledge the men or the battles of the Second War of Independence. Isn't that hypocritical?

The leaders of the authorities are too afraid to participate in the memorial events of the Second War of Independence. One example is the Bronze Soldier's reopening where all authorities were present. Who are the heroes of modern Republic of Estonia? The ones that have served the communist party, torn down Estonian national flags and can only read money? And then they complain that young men don't want to go to the army. It is likely that these young people, who refuse to follow their civic duty written in the constitution, follow the winds that are blowing in the power corridors where patriotism is not appreciated. The state has done nothing to change that. Just like the modest memorial dedicated to the Second War of Independence soldiers who had it built with their own money, was taken from Lihula and later hidden to a museum, the same way the authorities will let the memories of the heroes sink into the dust of history.

Our story's hero Harald Nugiseks has been presented as the candidate of the Estonian highest awards and orders several times. Unfortunately his name has always disappeared from the list! And that has happened without any explanation. Harald Nugiseks: "I have never received anything from the President. Six or seven times (by now seven or eight – the author) has my name been presented, but each time it has disappeared from the list. When President Lennart Meri gave me the Broken Cornflower, he kept shaking my hand and said that he cannot give me an award – the Western countries would not understand it." It is interesting, what will they not understand? Our history? Has anyone every tried to tell the world about the history of our little nation? And we have to understand what they did in Jalta and Teheran, where the Baltic States were left under the red terror and this without any guilt. We had the right to fight for our independence and only the bravest of us did it – these men deserve our everlasting respect.

Harald Nugiseks: "Estonians joined the German mobilization because the Estonian national committee and Uluots encouraged us. But these were the exact deeds of Uluots that the parliament or the important men in the government refuse to acknowledge. Uluots was the one who encouraged us to join the army. But we are constantly called Fascists. This I do not understand! Because not a single Estonian, I can assure it, wasn't the kind of man to follow the Russians or Germans. We went there to battle for Estonia and I am glad when I find from the newspaper or from history: these men were on the Narva front and stopped the Red Army from moving onwards."

Fortunately there are those who think that the heroes are sacred. It is probably the same percentage of our people who have kept this small nation alive. On October 19, 2008 the Free and Independent Colon No 1 in cooperation with The Club of Friends of the Estonian Legion gave the heroes the Estonian Nation's Gratitude Medallion. The small church in Tori, which had been restored thanks to the veterans of the Second War of Independence, was filled with people, the author of this text has not seen that many people there during any other memorial event. The patriotism was felt in the air. The people have not forgotten their heroes, they march forever in the lines of the finest Estonian sons in our memories – these men are the finest sons. It means that the free Estonia exists in those hearts who have not forgotten the forefathers' successful battling or lost their spirit.