Today, at the ceremony dedicated to the anniversary of the start of the War of Independence, held in the Glass Hall, at the Song Festival Grounds, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik presented decorations to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national defence.
In his speech, Minister of Defence Luik noted that this has been a rather busy year for Estonia’s national defence, while at the same time presenting serious challenges.
‘Permit me to thank all of you for your service and merits. I sincerely hope that this feeling of thanks and respect for colleagues serves as an excellent source of momentum for moving forward with and supporting national defence’, said Luik.
Among the 70 people being honoured were multiple contributors to the promotion of national defence education, as well as teachers and national defence instructors. The highest decoration, the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class, was presented to Reelika Semjonov, for the preparation of a new national defence textbook and for making national defence education one of the most popular electives.
‘Approximately 80 per cent of upper secondary schools and 70 per cent of vocational educational institutions offer the opportunity to study national defence. These numbers have not simply come about on their own. Behind them are many years of dedicated work’, said Minister of Defence Luik.
Four people were presented with the Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Third Class, including Olavi Jänes, for his long-term outstanding contribution to the development of the Baltic Defence College and promotion of the teaching of the Law of Armed Conflict.
The Minister presented gold badges to and praised national defence instructor Sergeant First Class Meelis Pormann, Master Sergeant Ando Lavrits, Second Lieutenant Janno Isat, and Victor Nõmm.
This time, particular attention was also paid to medical workers, thanks to whom developments have been made in military and disaster medicine and the rehabilitation of injured servicemen.
Raul Adlas was presented with a Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Third Class, for his significant contribution to the development of a training system for military and disaster medicine.
The Minister presented gold badges to Ly Rahula, Kaja Riisi and Margit Rütmann, in thanks for their exemplary service at the Seli Health Centre.
The Minister of Defence presented silver badges to Mare Hendrikson, Martin Erstu, Kaimo Vahtra and Hellat Rumvolt for their contributions to the youth organisations of the Defence League.
Gratitude was also expressed to several servicemen for their exemplary actions, volunteer defenders, and developers of national defence infrastructure.
The Cross of Merit of the Ministry of Defence is awarded to people who have made a significant personal contribution that has helped to promote Estonia’s national defence.
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