National Parade on the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces 

This year’s National Parade on the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces will be organized in Raseborg on 4 June 2020.

Comprising troops from the Finnish Army, Navy, and Air Force and National Defence University as well as veterans’ and national defence organisations, the parade will include a total of circa 1,200 persons and about 50 vehicles. 

The parade troops will be reviewed by the Commander of the Finnish Navy, Rear Admiral, Jori Harju, and the field devotional in the review of troops will be held by military chaplain Markus Weckström. The parade troops will be commanded by the Chief of Staff of the Finnish Navy, Commodore Tuomas Tiilikainen.

Programme for the Flag Day:

08.00 Flag-raising in Norra hamnen harbour in Ekenäs
09.30 Wreath laying ceremony at Ekenäs new Cemetery
13.00 Review of troops at the Central stadium in Ekenäs
14.00 Pass-in-review on Raseborgsvägen 
10.00-19.00 Equipment display in the park Stallör
17.00 and 19.00 Navy Band concerts in the park Stallör

Please arrive in good time for the review, as the troops will start forming up at around 12.30.

Come along and celebrate The Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces – the events are free of charge!

Updated information on the parade day events and traffic arrangements will be available online at this web page.

 

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.
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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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