We spent an hour exploring Riga's Museum of Latvian Occupation. Latvia earned independence in the 1920s. In 1940, the Soviets launched a military occupation of Latvia. The Nazis followed a year later and occupied Latvia for the duration of World War II. The Soviets returned after WWII and Latvia was part of the Soviet Union until 1991 when they earned independence once more. The museum details the trials and atrocities perpetuated on the Latvian people during this period of occupation. It's a sobering museum but worth a look to better understand the history of the area.
Just outside the museum is a hefty statue honoring the red and white rifleman that died for the country.
Tallinn, there were striking plaques around town in memory of famous Latvian artists, musicians, etc.