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“Freedom for us is a great treasure and independence is something worth defending.” Meet Corporal Eduards Vovks, a member of the Latvian Honour Guard.

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Corporal Eduards Vovks is a member of the Latvian Honour Guard, whose duty it is to protect the Freedom Monument in central Riga and the Riga Castle. For him, freedom is a great treasure and independence is something worth defending.

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Close up - Corporal Eduards Vovks

Various shots - Latvian Honour Guard Company march next to Freedom Monument in Riga

--SOUNDBITE (LATVIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS)--
CORPORAL EDUARDS VOVKS, LATVIAN HONOUR GUARD COMPANY
“Freedom for us is a great treasure and independence is something worth defending.”

“It’s an Honour Guard’s duty to protect the Freedom Monument and the Riga Castle, as well as participate in military ceremonies and official state events representing Latvia.”

Various shots - Latvian Honour Guard march at Freedom Monument

Internal shot - Latvian Honour Guards prepare to leave for duty

--SOUNDBITE (LATVIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS)--
CORPORAL EDUARDS VOVKS, LATVIAN HONOUR GUARD COMPANY
“We have our own uniform, our own weapon.

You have to be at least 1.80 - 1.85 metres tall.

You have to learn how to use the weapons and of course the routine.”

Various shots - Latvian Honour Guard leave for duty, travelling in a van

Various shots - Latvian Honour Guard perform duty by Freedom Monument

Aerial shot - Freedom Monument

Various shot - Latvian Honour Guard on duty

--SOUNDBITE (LATVIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS)--
CORPORAL EDUARDS VOVKS, LATVIAN HONOUR GUARD COMPANY
“Behind me is the Freedom Monument. For people it symbolises independence, something we fought for in the past. Therefore the Honour Guard is here to show that we protect our freedom.”

Aerial shot - Freedom Monument

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