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Defence Ministers of Estonia and Finland commemorate the fallen of War of Independence

3. January 2019 - 15:00
Defence Ministers of Estonia and Finland commemorate the fallen of War of Independence
Defence Ministers of Estonia and Finland commemorate the fallen of War of Independence

Today, in Kuusalu, the Ministers of Defence from Estonia and Finland remembered the crucial battles from the War of Independence that took place 100 years ago, laid wreaths in the Kuusalu cemetery and dedicated the headstone to Finnish volunteer Aukusti Tuominen.

According to Minister of Defence Luik, schoolboys, teachers and students provided great inspiration and shaped the spirit of the war, as they entered the war In Corpore it inspired others to pick up arms.

“The fast response of our Allies also provided hope and support of decisive importance. Volunteers from Finland and the military intervention of the Royal Navy significantly raised the morale of the Estonian people,” Luik added.

The memorial service, held in the Kuusalu Church, was led by Archbishop Urmas Viilma. Minister of Defence Jüri Luik and Finnish Minister of Defence Jussi Niinstö both gave speeches.

The War of Independence began  November 28, 1918, when Soviet forces crossed the Narva River and captured a significant portion of Estonia by the beginning of 1919. The Estonian Army in the process of being created, supported by volunteers from Finland and several other countries, was able to stop and repel the attacks.

One hundred years ago today, battles in the War of Independence began, which served as a decisive turning point in the war. Aukusti Tuominen was a Finnish volunteer, who arrived in Estonia in December 1918 to participate in the War of Independence. In 1923, Tuominen was posthumously awarded the Cross of Libery 2nd Class 3rd Rank for personal bravery during the War of Independence.

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