In total, the Knights of the Mannerheim Cross were appointed on the merits of the wartime in 191. Tuomas Gerdt received his own medal only in 1942 at the age of 20.
The conscripts landed at Gerdt's grave in Lepola Cemetery.
The speech of the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö was also heard there.
Tuomas Gerdt was buried in Lappeenranta at Lepola Cemetery. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
There were military elements at the funeral. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
The coffin was brought to the cemetery while the Narva march was playing. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
The coffin was carried by the conscripts of the Reserve Officers' School. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
When the coffin was lowered, the shots of honor and the march of the people of Pori echoed. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
The President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö gave a speech at the grave: “We thank, we respect and we remember.” Photo: Roni Rekomaa
There were a total of 191 knights of the Mannerheim Cross. Some of them fell on the front already during the war. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
The funeral procession passed through Lappeenranta. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
The blessing ceremony was held in Lauritsala Church. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
Due to the Korona period, the blessing itself was held in a very small circle. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
People had gathered along the streets to watch the funeral procession. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
Tuomas Gerdt was a well-known person in Lappeenranta.
The departure of the last knight of Marski has affected the people extensively all over Finland. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
Gerdti was remembered in Lappeenranta. Photo: Roni Rekomaa
The Ministry of the Interior recommended mourning for the whole country on Saturdays. Photo: Jussi Nukari