Thursday, July 9, 2015

Helsinki, Finland: Mannerheim Statue

Say hello to the George Washington of Finland, even if I didn't know it at the time when I snapped the picture. This is Marshal Carl Gustaf Mannherheim.

Here he is on his horse, ready to head for battle. Mannerheim served as the commander-in-chief for Finland during World War II. But he must have faced other battles as Finland's sixth president. As you'd expect, this is sacred stuff in Finland. The statue went up in 1960.

Mannerheim was voted as the greatest Finn in history. He's even been on a stamp - in America.

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