The Finnish Defence Forces' Day Parade 4.6.2012
The Finnish Defence Forces' Day Parade will take place in Helsinki on Monday 4 June 2012. The pass in review and inspection of troops will be made by the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, Finland's war veterans and the Mayor of Helsinki Jussi Pajunen at the Senate Square in front of the Helsinki Cathedral. The Parade Commander will be the Commander of the Southern Command, Brigadier General Pertti Laatikainen.
Navy vessels will be docked in the South Harbour and will be open to the general public. The Training Air Wing will put on an air show above the sea, right by Kaivopuisto. The Guards Band will give a tattoo performance on the Senate Square in between the inspection and the pass in review.
Volunteer and reservist associations will have their own displays as well. Finland's war veterans from the Winter and Continuation Wars will be the guests of honour.
This year's 4 June parade melds the Defence Forces and the capital city's anniversaries. Both the Finnish Infantry (Guard Battalion in Helsinki) and Helsinki are celebrating their 200th anniversaries. Helsinki became the capital city in 1812. The parade will feature 1,100 soldiers and 60 vehicles.
The general public may view the parade from the steps of Helsinki Cathedral and from the surrounding streets and the edge's of the Senate Square. The review of troops will be broadcast on TV and radio.