National Veterans’ Day is celebrated annually on 27 April. The day honours Finland’s war veterans and commemorates the end of the war and the beginning of peace. The day marks the anniversary of the end of the war in Lapland.
National Veterans’ Day has been celebrated since 1987. The proposal for a National Veterans’ Day was made by Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa and confirmed by the Government on the proposal of Minister of Defence Veikko Pihlajamäki in 1986.
The 2024 National Veterans Day will be celebrated on Saturday 27 April 2024 in Vaasa. The Main Ceremony will take place in Botniahalli.
The Veterans’ Day and the Veterans’ Week are being prepared in a large-scale cooperation led by the City of Vaasa. The preparations involve the Finnish Defence Forces, congregations, veterans’ and national defence organisations, and more.