This essay reflects on the celebration of Estonia’s 100th anniversary and finds parallels between the history of Estonia’s statehood and the history of other (Eastern) European countries, born or re-established in 1918. Even though attempts have been made to see the birthday of the Es- tonian state on other days, primarily 15 (28) November 1917, when the Estonian Provisional Provincial Assembly declared itself the highest authority in Estonia, the contention between the supporters of Jaan Tõnisson and Konstantin Päts has proceeded throughout the history of Estonia’s independence on this background — 24 February has been considered Päts’s day. Yet in the era of the restoration of Estonia’s independence, the concept of a so-called “third republic” was also in the air, which would have given some sort of legitimacy to the ESSR as well as a part of the history of Estonian statehood. Thenceforth a closer look is taken at the commemoration of the Republic of Estonia’s independence days in 1928, 1933 and 1938, and also in 1943 after the occupation of Estonia. The commemoration of independence days always brings to the forefront Estonia’s values at the time of the commemoration, and by comparing these three anniversaries, we see the rapid alteration of these values over a brief period of time.