National Parade on the Finnish Independence Day in Tampere

This year’s National Independence Day Parade will be organised in Tampere on 6 December 2019.

Comprising troops from the Finnish Army, Navy, and Air Force, National Defence University, Finnish Border Guard, Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command as well as veterans’ and national defence organisations, the parade will include a total of circa 1,300 persons and more than 50 vehicles. The pass-in-review will also feature a heritage cavalry detachment of the Tampere Region Cavalry Guild Association.

The parade troops will be reviewed by Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics and Armaments, Lieutenant General Timo Rotonen, and the field devotional in the review of troops will be held by Field Bishop Pekka Särkiö. The parade troops will be commanded by Deputy Chief of Staff Army Operations, Brigadier General Rami Saari.

Independence Day programme:

  • at 09.00 Wreath laying ceremony at Kalevankangas Cemetery
  • at 10.00 Lutheran Service at Tampere Lutheran Cathedral
  • at 12.00 Review of troops at Ratina Stadium
  • at 13.00 Pass-in-review on Tampereen valtatie
  • at 09-15 Equipment display in Ratinanniemi

Please arrive in good time for the review as the troops will start forming up at around 11.30.

Come along and celebrate Finland’s independence with us – the events are free of charge!
Updated information on the parade day events and traffic arrangements will be available online at this web page.

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Field Devotional on 6 December 2019 in Tampere

Field Devotional on 6 December 2019 in Tampere

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. On this Independence Day we now listen to the set Old Testament passage in the Book of Deuteronomy: ”When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you.” (Deuteronomy 8:10 NIV).
6.12.2019 | 13.31
Speech by Lieutenant General Timo Rotonen

Speech by Lieutenant General Timo Rotonen

Honoured War Veterans and Lottas, Ladies and Gentlemen, Soldiers. This year marks the 240th anniversary of the founding of the city of Tampere, a locality that provided a strong beginning and versatile foundation for our nation’s industry.
6.12.2019 | 12.51
Traffic arrangement control relating to the National Parade on the Finnish Independence Day in Tampere

Traffic arrangement control relating to the National Parade on the Finnish Independence Day in Tampere

The National Parade on the Finnish Independence Day will contribute to changes affecting traffic control, parking and public transportation in Tampere from 5 to 6 December 2019. The majority of the equipment will arrive in Tampere on 5 December, whereas on 6 December the return transfers back to home garrisons may cause traffic congestion in Tampere and its vicinity.
27.11.2019 | 12.05
Pass-in-Review on Tampereen valtatie at 13

Pass-in-Review on Tampereen valtatie at 13

The pass-in-review conducted on Tampereen valtatie starting at 13 will involve up to a thousand persons, 56 vehicles, 12 aircraft as well as a 30-equine strong heritage cavalry detachment of the Tampere Region Cavalry Guild Association.
7.11.2019 | 13.47
Review of Troops at Ratina Stadium at 12

Review of Troops at Ratina Stadium at 12

The review of troops will be organised at Ratina stadium at 12. As the troops will be aligning to position starting at 11:30, it is recommended that the public arrive well on time.
7.11.2019 | 13.33
Lutheran Service at Tampere Lutheran Diocese Church at 10

Lutheran Service at Tampere Lutheran Diocese Church at 10

The Tampere Evangelical-Lutheran Congregation will be responsible for the Lutheran Service on the Finnish Independence Day.
7.11.2019 | 14.02
Ceremonial Wreath Laying at Kalevankangas Cemetery at 09

Ceremonial Wreath Laying at Kalevankangas Cemetery at 09

The Independence Day will begin with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Memorial of Fallen War Heroes at Kalevankangas Cemetery at 09.
7.11.2019 | 13.52
Equipment display in Ratinanniemi starting at 09:00

Equipment display in Ratinanniemi starting at 09:00

Finnish Defence Forces’ equipment and gear will be on display for familiarisation in Ratinanniemi. In conjunction with the equipment display, the Soldiers’ Home Canteen will be available selling refreshments. In addition, the venue’s attractions include a Renault light tank from the Parola Armoured Vehicle Museum.
7.11.2019 | 13.06

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