The Veterans’ Day is Sweden’s recognition of personnel who have served abroad, both armed and unarmed.
The celebrations began with the commemoration of fallen veterans, with an overflight of JAS Gripen fighter aircraft in a so-called missing man formation, as well as wreath-laying at the Veterans’ monument in Djurgården in Stockholm.
A number of individuals were then decorated for their achievements during their service abroad. One of them was Major Max Ulleberg who had led his unit during the attacks against Camp Taji in Iraq in 2020. Sergeant Anne Fernström and Corporal William Stålhök were awarded the Medal of Merit for having negotiated with hostile militia, in perilous conditions, in Timbuktu 2019. Also, private Kjell Jonsson and Kenneth Nyberg were awarded medals for being wounded in battle during incidents in Gaza in 1957 and the Congo in 1961.
Speeches were given at the ceremony by the Speaker of the Swedish parliament, Andreas Norlén, as well as by Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist and Supreme Commander Micael Bydén.
“We are here today to commemorate those who were forced to give their lives for their achievements, those who are no longer with us. We also wish to honour those who were injured as well as those who returned safe and sound”, said Supreme Commander Micael Bydén.
Entertainment was provided by the Swedish Armed Forces’ musical entertainers, represented by Jill Johnson, Petra Wahlgren, Per-Erik Domargård, Martin Ehntorp, Barbro Lindkvist, Kristoffer Gustavsson and Tomas Boström. In addition, the Royal Swedish Cavalry Band participated.