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 Politics
Nags Head passes resolution


The Nags Head Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution May 7 honoring the crew of the Latvian freighter Ciltvaira hours before simultaneous memorial ceremonies took place on the Outer Banks and in Latvia.

The resolution, written by Mayor Bob Muller, reads:

"Whereas, on January 19, 1942, the Freighter Ciltvaira, sailing under the Latvian flag, was attacked and sunk by the German submarine and;

"Whereas, the crew of the Ciltvaira served the Allied cause during World War II despite the occupation of their country by both the German and Russian armies and;

"Whereas the Ciltvaira and its crew should serve as a reminder of the contributions made by the many Latvian and free fighters from other occupied countries who fought tyranny on behalf of the Allies during World War II and;

"Whereas the Ciltvaira and its crew should also serve as a reminder of the struggles of all occupied nations to throw off the bonds of tyranny.

"Now therefore be it resolved that The Board of Commissioners of the Town of Nags Head extends its deep appreciation and sincere thanks to the brave crew of the Ciltvaira and to all the Latvians and fighters from other occupied countries who fought beside our country during World War II.


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"Be it further resolved that the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Nags Head salutes the country of Latvia and extends its sincere wish that the bright light of freedom shall forever shine on Latvia and all the world and that our nations shall live in peace."

Mayor Pro Tem George Farah read the resolution during Thursday's wreath-laying ceremony, held a short distance from Ciltvaira street, named years ago in honor of the vessel and its crew.

"This is part of Nags Head's history," he said. "This is where we come from."



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