Ambassador Päivi Luostarinen and Defence Attaché Janne Ilomäki lay flowers on the grave of Marshal Mannerheim´s daughter, Anastasie Mannerheim on Sunday 4th June. This year we celebrate the 150 anniversary of Marshal Mannerheim’s birth.
Anastasie Mannerheim (1893–1978) was the firstborn daughter of Carl Gustaf and Anastasia Mannerheim. Anastasie passed away at the age of 84 and was buried at St. Mary’s churchyard in Kent where her grave is to this day.
Mannerheim (1867–1951), Finland’s best known war hero, served as president of Finland between August 1944 and March 1946. He guided the country through the transition from war to peace.
He served in the Russian army, where he attained the rank of general, before Finland gained independence in 1917. Later, in Finland, he was made a field marshal, and during the Second World War he was commander-in-chief of the Finnish forces and subsequently became president. No soldier had previously been president of Finland – nor has one been chosen for the post since Mannerheim. This year we celebrate the 150 anniversary of Marshal Mannerheim’s birth.
Finland.fi: Marshal Mannerheim