Museum exhibitions feature Estonia in NATO, Finnish contributions to independence
Two photographic exhibitions opened today at the Estonian War Museum/General Laidoner Museum, in Viimsi in Harju County.
"Ten Years in NATO" takes a look at the development of the Estonian Defense Forces from 2004-2014. The photos, selected by photographer Tõnu Noorits and Captain Arvo Jõesalu, are intended to covey the spirit of the eras and the events and moments from the various exercises, foreign mission and defense diplomacy of the last 10 years, in which Estonia has been a NATO member.
This is a continuation of an exhibition but together in 2001, and devoted to the Estonian Defense Forces after 1991.
The other exhibition “Põhja pojad” (Sons of the North) was compiled on the basis of a collection belonging to the Estonian Philatelic Society member Pertti Hujala. Philatelic societies focus on the study of stamps and postal history and other related items.
The exhibition documents how Finnish volunteers fought in the Estonian War of Independence (1918-1920), and displays letters, postcards, photographs and pins from Finnish volunteers. The exhibition also features books and newspapers that cover their activities during the war.
War Museum director Hellar Lill says the keywords of these exhibitions on events are the friendship and camaraderie of soldiers, which have been important in all eras.
The exhibitions will remain open until February 2015. "Ten Years in NATO" will also be seen in other Estonian cities.
The Estonian War Museum opened in 1919, and was restored as a state museum in 2001 under the administration of the Ministry of Defense. You can see its website here.