Estonia's centennial parade to be held in Tallinn ({{commentsTotal}})

Armored vehicles taking part in the Independence Day military parade, pictured in Tallinn's Freedom Square. Feb. 24, 2016.
Armored vehicles taking part in the Independence Day military parade, pictured in Tallinn's Freedom Square. Feb. 24, 2016. Source: (Liis Treimann/Postimees/Scanpix)

The Independence Day parade marking the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia on Feb. 24 will be held in Tallinn's Freedom Square.

Following a rehearsal on Friday, Feb. 23, units participating in the parade will assemble in Tallinn's Freedom Square at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. The parade will be led by Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces Gen. Riho Terras and reviewed by President Kersti Kaljulaid.

Altogether more than 1,100 personnel and nearly 100 units of equipment, 50 flags, four companies, 20 platoons and three orchestras will participate in the parade, including the Orchestra of the Estonian Defence Forces, the Orchestra of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board and the the U.S. Army Europe Band.

All branches of Estonia's armed forces will be represented, including the 1st and 2nd Infantry Brigades, the Guard Battalion, the Headquarters Support and Signal Battalion, the Estonian National Defence College, the Baltic Defence College as well as cadets of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, the academic district of the volunteer Estonian Defence League (Kaitseliit), and the Estonian Women's Voluntary Defence Organization (Naiskodukaitse).

Also participating in the parade will be color guards of Finland, France, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine and the U.S., as wll as Danish and British units serving in the NATO battle group stationed in Estonia.

Featured among the units of equipment will be Challenger and Trojan tanks and the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

Weather permiting, Estonian and allied aircraft will perform flyovers as well.

Following the parade, Estonian and allied troops will display their equipment to the public. 

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS



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