UNEF Holds Memorial Service at Camp Shams for Two Finnish Soldiers Killed by a Mine
A memorial service was held this morning at Camp Shams for two Finnish soldiers of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF). Sgt. Risto Jaakko Latva Hakuni and Sgt. Risto Tapani Majasaari, who lost their lives in a mine accident on 14 February. Present at the ceremony were UNEF Commander Lt. Gen. Ensio Siilasvuo, Finnish Battalion Commander Col. Reino K. Raitasarri and representatives of all UNEF battalions, the Canadian and Polish logistic support teams, UNEF staff, military observers of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine (UNTSO), the Finnish Embassy and the Finnish colony in Cairo. After the coffins -- covered with the Finnish flag and with the United Nations beret, wreaths and flowers -- were driven on a UNEF truck to the site of the ceremony, the Swedish military service chaplain, Carl Gustaf Hjalmarson, offered a prayer.
Left to right during the memorial service: Carl Gustaf Hjalmarson, Swedish military service chaplain; Lt. Gen. Ensio Siilasvuo, UNEF Commander; and Col Reino K. Raitasarri, Finnish Battalion Commander.