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Minister of Defence thanked volunteer contributors to national defence

20. February 2019 - 10:28

This year, volunteers, who dedicated themselves to educating youth on the topic of national defence, as well as national defence instructors and instructors from the Defence League and its youth organisations, earned the gratitude of the Ministry of Defence.

In his thank you speech to the volunteers, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik said that free will and acting in support of it is a great and powerful force, since inspiration and momentum for it comes from within an individual, from their values and attitudes, perceptions and, more broadly, caring.

In his speech, the Minister of Defence also highlighted the importance of national defence education and young people in general.

‘The relationship of each individual towards the state and national defence is developed, to a significant extent, by the values that are learned at home and at school. It is important for Estonia that all children and young people would be able to learn as much as possible about their country and defending it,' said Luik.

A Third Class Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence was awarded to Second Lieutenant Marek Nisuma, from the Estonian Defence League’s Tallinn District, for his long-term dedication to national defence instruction and membership in the Defence League district. Nisuma was one of the first national defence instructors, Assistant Commander of a Defence League company, survival instructor and civil protection training provider.

A Gold Badge of The Ministry of Defence was awarded to Jaak Põldma, for the advancement of the Sakala Defence League District; to Avor Randlo, for the advancement of the Narva Defence League District; and to Lieutenant Colonel Rasmus Lippur, Captain Rain Luhaorg, Meelis Kütt, Andre Hansaar and Meelis Kivi, for their dedicated word as national defence instructors.

A total of 19 volunteers – who have contributed to national defence as either national defence instructors, volunteer leaders or being remarkably actively in their activities in developing national defence – received a Silver Badge of The Ministry of Defence

Among others, Anna Kalitsunit was honoured for supporting members of the Ukrainian armed forces during their rehabilitation in Estonia; Dr. Kuido Nõmme, for developing crisis preparedness within the health care system; Indrek  Reismann for his active contribution as a reservist and military athlete; and Eve Täht, for her significant contribution to the development of the Home Daughters.

The full list of this year’s volunteers honoured by the Ministry of Defence (in Estonian):

Photos of the ceremony:


Further information: press[at]kaitseministeerium[dot]ee

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