Estonian, Finnish defence ministers commemorate War of Independence dead

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In ceremonies held in Kuusalu on Thursday, the 99th anniversary of the ceasefire marking Estonia's victory in the War of Independence, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik and Finnish Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö commemorated the fallen in the war.


The two ministers commemorated the key battles of the War of Independence that took place in Kuusalu 100 years ago, laid wreaths at the foot of the monument to the fallen in the War of Independence at Kuusalu Cemetery, and unveiled the new gravestone of Finnish volunteer Aukusti Tuominen, according to a Ministry of Defence press release.

In his speech, Mr Luik highlighted that it was largely schoolboys, teachers and university students who, often joining the war in corpore, inspired others to join as well.

"Rapid reaction by our allies likewise gave us hope and provided us with crucial support," the Estonian minister stressed. "Just like military interference on the part of the Royal Navy, the joining of Finnish volunteers significantly boosted the morale of the Estonian People's Force."

The memorial service in Kuusalu church was officiated by Archbishop Urmas Viilma, head of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, with speeches made by the defence ministers of Estonia and Finland.

The War of Independence began on 28 November 1918, when Soviet troops crossed the Narva River and captured a significant portion of Estonia by the beginning of 1919. The fledgling Estonian Army, supported by volunteers from Finland and several other countries, eventually managed to halt the enemy.

In January one hundred years ago, battles began which signalled a turn in the war. 

 

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Aukusti Tuominen was among the first Finnish volunteers to arrive in Estonia in December 1918 to fight in the war. Assigned as a signals man to the 13th company of the 1st Infantry Regiment of Estonia, he fell in Kosu village, Kiiu Municipality, not far from Kuusalu on 5 January 1919. His body was found the following day and, as he was not identified at the time, buried as an unknown Finnish volunteer in Kuusalu Cemetery. 

In 1923, Tuominen was posthumously awarded the Cross of Liberty, Grade 2, 3rd Class for personal valor in the War of Independence.



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Estonian, Finnish defence ministers commemorate War of Independence dead

Read: 930     13:03     04 January 2019    

In ceremonies held in Kuusalu on Thursday, the 99th anniversary of the ceasefire marking Estonia's victory in the War of Independence, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik and Finnish Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö commemorated the fallen in the war.


The two ministers commemorated the key battles of the War of Independence that took place in Kuusalu 100 years ago, laid wreaths at the foot of the monument to the fallen in the War of Independence at Kuusalu Cemetery, and unveiled the new gravestone of Finnish volunteer Aukusti Tuominen, according to a Ministry of Defence press release.

In his speech, Mr Luik highlighted that it was largely schoolboys, teachers and university students who, often joining the war in corpore, inspired others to join as well.

"Rapid reaction by our allies likewise gave us hope and provided us with crucial support," the Estonian minister stressed. "Just like military interference on the part of the Royal Navy, the joining of Finnish volunteers significantly boosted the morale of the Estonian People's Force."

The memorial service in Kuusalu church was officiated by Archbishop Urmas Viilma, head of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, with speeches made by the defence ministers of Estonia and Finland.

The War of Independence began on 28 November 1918, when Soviet troops crossed the Narva River and captured a significant portion of Estonia by the beginning of 1919. The fledgling Estonian Army, supported by volunteers from Finland and several other countries, eventually managed to halt the enemy.

In January one hundred years ago, battles began which signalled a turn in the war. 

 

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Aukusti Tuominen was among the first Finnish volunteers to arrive in Estonia in December 1918 to fight in the war. Assigned as a signals man to the 13th company of the 1st Infantry Regiment of Estonia, he fell in Kosu village, Kiiu Municipality, not far from Kuusalu on 5 January 1919. His body was found the following day and, as he was not identified at the time, buried as an unknown Finnish volunteer in Kuusalu Cemetery. 

In 1923, Tuominen was posthumously awarded the Cross of Liberty, Grade 2, 3rd Class for personal valor in the War of Independence.



Tags: Estonia   Finland   WarofIndependence