The exiled Latvian veterans’ organization Daugavas Vanagi in 1952 in London decided that 16 March would be the day to hold an annual commemoration to honour fellow veterans that had fallen. This date was chosen because from 16 March to 18 March in 1944, the two divisions of the Latvian Legion – 15th and 19th fought, side-by-side, against the Red Army at Velikaya (Великая) River in Russia. Since 1989/90, former legionnaires and their family members also held public commemorations in Latvia for all the Latvian soldiers who had to fight wearing foreign uniforms.

The Museum, as a member of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, supports the initiative to remember women who were executed, killed, imprisoned, tortured and persecuted during Communism. We know of at least 18 Latvian women who were executed during the Soviet occupation of Latvia for their political activities.

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia invites you to an exhibition celebrating a group who played a vital role in the admission of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania into the United Nations on 17 September 1991.  The path toward Baltic membership was paved by the volunteer Baltic exile organization BATUN (Baltic Appeal to the United Nations).  This exhibition focuses on the multi-faceted and tenacious work of BATUN from 1965 to 1991 and considers the achievements and limitations of grassroots diplomacy in the international political arena.  

The way has finally been cleared for the remodelling and expansion of the Museum's "Building for the Future." The scheduled completion date is October 2018, just in time for Latvia's hundredth birthday 18 November. It has been a very bumpy fifteen-year ride.