National Parade on the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces 4 June 2017 in Helsinki
The National Parade on the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces will be held in Helsinki on 4 June 2017. The theme of the parade is: National defence is everybody's business. The Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces also marks 150 years since the birth of the Marshal of Finland, C.G.E Mannerheim.
Troops and materiel totalling around 1,300 persons and 50 vehicles from all three Services, the National Defence University, the Border Guard and veteran's and national defence organisations will take part in the parade. 11 aircraft will take part in the overflight of the march in review.
The parade will be reviewed by President Sauli Niinistö together with the Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces General Jarmo Lindberg.
Field Bishop Pekka Särkiö will hold the field devotional and the parade troops will be commanded by the Army Chief of Staff, Major General Petri Hulkko.
In addition to the review of troops and pass in review, the day also includes other interesting events around Helsinki. Everyone is welcome!
The programme of the day:
|8 am||Ceremonial raising of the flag by the Navy - Eteläsatama harbour|
|9 am||Wreath laying ceremony - Hietaniemi cemetery|
|10 am||Devotional service - Helsinki Cathedral|
|9 am-3 pm||Vessel exhibit - Eteläsatama harbour|
|10 am-6 pm||Equipment display - Kansalaistori square|
|10.50 am-11.30am||Air show - Kaivopuisto park|
|12||Review of troops - Senate Square|
|1.30 pm||Pass in review - Mannerheimintie|
|3 pm-6 pm||Defence Forces Finland 100 summer tour 2017 concert - Kansalaistori square|