National Independence Day Parade
Finland celebrates its Independence Day on 6 December and this year's National Independence Day Parade will be held in Kajaani.
The parade's theme is "The Army as part of the Finnish defence system." Troops totalling around 1,300 from all three Services, the National Defence University, the Border Guard and veteran's and national defence organisations will form the parade. The parade will have some 90 vehicles proceeding in battle group formation. The Air Force will also take part in the parade with multi-role Hornets and Hawk jet trainers and the Army with NH90 transport helicopters and MD500 light helicopters.
The parade will be reviewed by Army Commander Lieutenant General Seppo Toivonen. The Parade Commander will be the Army Command's Chief of Staff, Major General Jorma Ala-Sankila. The Field Devotional will be conducted by Army Senior Chaplain Vesa Aurén. This year's parade is organised by Kainuu Brigade.
The programme of the day:
klo 9.15 Wreath laying in Church Park, Kajaani
klo 10.00 Celebration mass in Kajaani Church
klo 10-15 Equipment display on Market Square
klo 10-13 Free pea soup in the Sports Park
klo 11.30 Parade troops get ready for the review, Sports Park
klo 12.00 Review of troops, Sports Park
klo 12.30 NH90 transport helicopter display, Sports Park (weather permitting)
klo 13.15 Pass in review along Pohjolankatu
klo 14.15 Army military display in Suvanto Park