The Monument to the Estonian Mother was inaugurated in Rõuge on 26 June 2010.  The monument is meant to demonstrate appreciation for the Estonian woman as a mother, to express gratitute, and to value the survival of our people.  Hans Sissas (1933 - 2012), who has recounted the stories of Estonian deportees  and authored many memoirs, initiated the idea of a monument to the Estonian mother, and lead the efforts to have the monument completed. The monument is made from stone brought from Udmurtia, and is 3.6 high, weighing nearly 6 tonnes. The monument was designed by the artists/sculptors Ilme and Riho Kuld, and was made by the sculptors/stone masons Margus Kurvits and Kristjan Kittus.  

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