The Statue of the Fallen Officers honors the memory of the officers who fell in the wars between 1939-45. A cylinder built into the pedestal contains the names of the 4,913 fallen officers. The proposal to erect the statue was made by the board of the 84th Reserve Officer Course in January 1955.
To implement the statue project, the Pro Patria fund was established to collect funds. All of the country's officer organizations joined the nationwide project. The statue was unveiled at a celebration on September 9, 1957. The President of the Republic, Urho Kekkonen, and a thousand invited guests participated in the unveiling ceremony. The statue was sculpted by sculptor Kalervo Kallio. According to the sculptor, the statue depicts the trust between officers and ranks.
On the pedestal of the statue is the poet Yrjö Jylhä's poem text: "YOU DID NOT FALL IN VAIN, YOU DID NOT FIGHT IN VAIN".
Sculptor Kalervo Kallio was one of the most significant portrait sculptors of his time. During four different decades, Kallio gained fame as a creator of monumental works and portraits both in Finland and abroad. His models have included, e.g. US presidents Hoover and Truman, Nobel physicist Albert Einstein, Prince Rainier of Monaco and Spanish dictator Generalissimo Franco.
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