Photo: Raigo Pajula / Riigikogu
A delegation consisting of Speaker of Parliament Matti Vanhanen, Johannes Koskinen (Social Democratic Party), Arja Juvonen (Finns Party), Arto Satonen (National Coalition Party) and Juha Sipilä (Centre Party) visited Estonia on Monday 25 November. The delegation met with Henn Põlluaas, Speaker of Estonia's parliament Riigikogu, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and President Kersti Kaljulaid to discuss relations between Finland and Estonia as well as current affairs.
The visit ended with a meeting with Estonian volunteers who fought in the Finnish Continuation War as well as a memorial service and a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to the volunteers in Tallinn's Metsakalmistu cemetery. The event was attended by some of the volunteers and their families, widows and relatives of the fallen as well as reservists from Finland and Estonia.
In his speech, Vanhanen suggested that the best word to describe the historical objective shared by Finland and Estonia would be 'freedom'.
"Generations come and go, but the fight for freedom will never be forgotten. Honoured volunteers, on behalf of all Finns, I would like to express my deep gratitude for your sacrifice and your work for both Finland and Estonia. Your strong will reflects the moral backbone that will keep our nations standing tall in the future as well," said Vanhanen.