Commemoration Day of Fallen Soldiers

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Commemoration Day of Fallen Soldiers
Observed by Finland
Date Third Sunday in May
2015 date May 17  (2015-05-17)
2016 date May 15  (2016-05-15)
2017 date May 21  (2017-05-21)
2018 date May 20  (2018-05-20)
Frequency annual

Commemoration Day of Fallen Soldiers (Finnish: kaatuneiden muistopäivä) is the commemoration day observed in Finland on the third Sunday of May for the soldiers killed in the Winter War and Finnish Civil War 1918.[1] After 1940 it was also the day of commemoration of the soldiers killed in the Continuation War and the Lapland War. There were also members of Lotta Svärd, who also were victims of war serving in uniforms on the front. Nowadays the day also commemorates Finnish soldiers killed in United Nations peacekeeping missions.[2]

The idea of the day was raised in the bishops' meeting in April, 1940. They made a proposal of the day for 19 May. Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim as the war time supreme commander ordered 1 May 1940, not to celebrate 16 May 1940 as the victory of the Senate of Finland in the Finnish Civil War, but to have a Commemoration Day of Fallen Soldiers for soldiers of both sides of the war and also the Winter War.

The day is a religious one, which includes remembering dead soldiers in the local grave yards after church services.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kaatuneitten muistopäivä" (in Finnish). veteraaniperinne.fi. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kaatuneitten muistopäivä, toukokuun 3. sunnuntai" (in Finnish). Yle. Retrieved 25 May 2015.