Parade to mark 102nd anniversary of Republic of Estonia to take place in Tallinn

  • 2020-02-24
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The parade to mark the 102nd anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will start Monday at noon in Tallinn.

The parade will be led by commander of the defense forces, Maj. Gen. Martin Herem, and inspected by President Kersti Kaljulaid. The units were to line up for Monday's parade on Freedom Square at 11:15 a.m.

The general rehearsal of the parade took place on Freedom Square at 9 p.m. on Sunday, spokespeople for the defense forces have said.

Over 900 participants and some 50 units of equipment will participate in the parade. Altogether 42 flags, four companies, two batteries, eight platoons and two orchestras will take part, spokespeople at the headquarters of the Estonian defense forces said.

The parade will feature all branches of the armed service, the Estonian National Defense College, the Baltic Defense College, the Guard Battalion of the Military Police, the Headquarters Support and Signal Battalion of the Cyber Command, the 1st Infantry Brigade, the 2nd Infantry Brigade, the Support Command, the Special Operations Command, the North territorial defense district of the Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps, the women's voluntary defense organization, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (NATO CCDCOE) and the NATO Force Integration Unit. Cadets of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences and representatives of the Prison Service will also take part in the parade.

Of allies, flag teams of the United States, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine will be represented. The British and Danish units serving as part of NATO's battle group stationed in Estonia and a the French and US unit will also participate.

According to plans, the British Challenger tank, AS90 self-propelled howitzer, Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked (CVRT) vehicles, Warrior tracked armored vehicle and Denmark's Piranha armored fighting vehicle and CV90 fighting vehicle will be displayed. Estonia's Scouts Battalion will also take part in the parade with CV90 fighting vehicles. The US will be taking part with a Bradley fighting vehicle.

Due to a flyover, which is to take place if the weather allows, the flying of any kind of drones or other flying devices in the parade area or its immediate proximity is strictly prohibited.

After the parade march, those interested will be able to inspect the equipment of the defense forces and allies. It will be possible to see the Estonian defense forces' CV9035EE fighting vehicle, the Sisu XA-188 and XA-180 armored personnel carriers, the British Challenger tank, the Warrior tracked armored vehicle, the AS90 self-propelled howitzer, the 155mm and 122mm self-propelled howitzers, the ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun, the Mistral anti-aircraft missile complex, the Javelin anti-tank gun, a 120 mm mortar and a Ground Master 403 mobile air surveillance radar.