SUPPORT THE WINTER WAR MEMORIAL IN HELSINKI
By Ossi Rahkonen
The Winter War Memorial In Helsinki is scheduled to be dedicated in 2017, the Centennial of Finland’s Independence, but it needs help from the United States.
Located at the Kasarmitori Square, across from the Finnish Ministry of Defence, the sculpture is a monumental tribute titled, He Who Brings the Light by Pekka Kauhanen.
The foundation stone was laid on March 13, 2015, on the 75th Anniversary ofending The Winter War, an epic battle for the independence of Finland.
The Winter War Memorial, costing about $1.5 million, will be funded in equal shares by the Finnish Government, City of Helsinki and through private donations to the Winter War Association (WWA). The Government and the City of Helsinki have fully funded their share, but there is a gap of about $170,000 in private donations to WWA. It is important to fill this gap as early as possible in 2016.
Finlandia Foundation is a corporate member of the WWA and has agreed to function as fiscal agent for its U.S. fundraising. Some donations have trickled in, but there is still a long way to go to reach our goal. The WWA had hoped that not only war veterans living in the U.S. but others supportive of this struggle would donate to this worthy cause. It is essential that the Winter War monument is completed on time.
Individuals donating 10,000 euros (equivalent of about $11,000) or more, and corporate donors contributing 30,000 euros (about $33,000) or more will have their names inscribed on the wall of the Ministry of Defence facing the Winter War Memorial. There have been quite a number of donations of this size in Finland, showing how strongly the donors feel that the Memorial needs to be completed.
I sincerely hope that we can show that the support is equally strong on this side of the Atlantic.
Three Ways to Donate
Send a check payable to:
Finlandia Foundation National
PO Box 92046, Pasadena, CA 91109-2046
Please be certain to note that the donation is for the Winter War Memorial.
Click below to donate securely with credit card to the Winter War Memorial. FFN will forward your contribution with full credit.
Click below to donate securely by PayPal to the Winter War Memorial. FFN will forward your contribution with full credit.
Questions? Need more information? Contact Maria Kizirian at the FFN office:
Email office @ finlandiafoundation.org