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Memorial to the Rune Singers from Tolvajärvi

1930's. Tolvajärvi. Memorial to the Rune Singers

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The common grave of the Soviet soldiers in Veshkelitsa
Copy of the Memorial to the Rune Singers

The memorial to the Rune Singers was unveiled near the shore of Tolvajärvi Lake on July 21, 1929. The inscription on monument said:

”In memory of the Shemeika and Vornanen singer and hunter families.
Wayfarer, stop!
The spirits of the best sons of your tribe challenges from ancient times
Karelia Cultural Society erected this monument with the public support in summer 1929”

As a result of the Winter War the most of the territory of Korpiselkä was moved to Soviet Union. When Finland in July 1941 regained the Tolvajärvi area, the monument was found lying on the ground. In early August, the monument was already returned to its place.

In 1944 the monument to the Rune Singers was left to the USSR again. Later it was transferred from the annexed territories to the East-Karelia, converted into Soviet monument and no later than 1963 unveiled on the common grave of the Soviet soldiers in Veshkelitsa Village.

In summer 1986, a copy of the Memorial to the Rune Singers was unveiled in Hoilola (Tuupovaara Commune, Finland). The inscription on the new monument says:

”In memory of the Shemeika and Vornanen singer and hunter families.
Wayfarer, stop!
The spirits of the best sons of your tribe challenges from ancient times
Karelia Cultural Society erected this monument with the public support in summer 1929 ang again in 1986”

Since 2019 on the foundation of old monument on the shore of Tolvajärvi Lake placed a small cast memorial stone.

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