Prince Carl Philip attends Veterans Day

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Prince Carl Philip at the laying of the wreath. Photo: Jens L'Estrade/Scanpix

On Tuesday 29 May, Prince Carl Philip attended Veterans Day, which was held at the UN memorial at the National Maritime Museum on Royal Djurgården.
Prince Carl Philip attended the ceremony together with Minister for Defence Karin Enström and Supreme Commander Sverker Göranson. During the ceremony, wreaths were laid at the Veterans Monument by Prince Carl Philip and Bo Wranker, Chairman of the Peace Berets of Sweden veterans' association.

Supreme Commander Sverker Göranson then presented the following medals:

  • The Swedish Armed Forces' medal for those wounded in war
  • The Swedish Armed Forces' Gold Medal of Merit with Swords
  • The Swedish Armed Forces' Silver Medal of Merit with Swords
  • The Swedish Armed Forces' Silver Medal of Merit without Swords

The Peacekeeper of the Year award was then presented to P4 Sergeant Henrik Blomberg for "openly and honestly speaking about his experiences and his mental symptoms after serving in Afghanistan in 2011. His bravery in being so open has been a great help to both soldiers and veterans, describing afflictions that many are unwilling or unable to speak about."
 
Veterans Day was established by the Government in 2010, and now has state ceremonial status with effect from this year.

Full list of medal recipients

The Swedish Armed Forces' silver medal for those wounded in war was presented to:

Corporal Göte Enquist
in connection with the conflict in Gaza on 4 January 1957
 
Staff Sergeant Torsten Stålnacke
in connection with the conflict in the Congo on 14 September 1961
 
Warrant Officer Björn Bäck
in connection with the conflict in the Congo on 21 September 1961
 
Corporal Per Martinsson
in connection with the conflict in the Congo on 5 October 1961
 
Lance-Corporal Roland Knutsson
in connection with the conflict in the Congo on 17 December 1961
 
Ulf Isaksson
in connection with the conflict in the Congo on 18 December 1961
 
Major Stig von Bayer
in connection with the conflict in the Congo on 10 December 1961
 
Sergeant Matz Lindberg
in connection with the conflict in Lebanon on 29 March 1978
 
Corporal Magnus Rockler
in connection with the conflict in Lebanon on 23 December 1986
 
Private Björn Eggeblad
in connection with the conflict in Lebanon in autumn 1991
 
Private Tommy Andersson
in connection with the conflict in Lebanon in autumn 1991
 
First Sergeant Christoffer Lundström
in connection with the conflict in Lebanon on 27 January 1994
 
Private Stefan Sundelin
in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 17 September 2010
 
Private Lennie Johansson
in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 18 October 2010
 
Patrick Svensson
in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 18 October 2010
 
Corporal Kongo Magnéli
in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 20 October 2010
 
Major Bengt Flodin
in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 19 November 2010
 
Milad Samadi
in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 13 June 2011
 
The Swedish Armed Forces' Gold Medal of Merit with Swords was presented to:

Second Lieutenant Dan Värdling
for his efforts under extremely difficult conditions, with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 10 October 2009
 
Private Patrik Broman
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 8 September 2010
 
Lance-Corporal Axel Salomonsson
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 8 September and 16 October 2010
 
Private Jimmy Ericsson
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 16 October 2010
 
First Sergeant Viktor Schwenk
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 18 October 2010
 
Private Anton Öhlund
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 18 October 2010
 
Second Lieutenant Erik Landquist
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, and for highly meritorious service and pioneering spirit under difficult conditions, in connection with conflict while serving in Afghanistan in 2010
 
Captain Stefan Linder
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, and for highly meritorious leadership and meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with conflict while serving in Afghanistan in 2010
 
The Swedish Armed Forces' Silver Medal of Merit with Swords was presented to:

First Sergeant Martin Rusner
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, for highly meritorious leadership, for his pioneering spirit and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 10 June 2010
 
Captain Fredrik Lönn
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, for his pioneering spirit and for highly meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 25 July 2010
 
Captain Daniel Johansson
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, and for highly meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 8 August 2010
 
Lance Corporal Peter Hellström
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 22 August and 16 October 2010
 
Private Anders Johnsson
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 16 September 2010
 
Private Linus Skaring
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 17 September 2010
 
Lance-Corporal Tobias Englund
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, for highly meritorious leadership, and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan on 8 October 2010
 
Lieutenant Jonas Brobakken
for highly meritorious leadership, for his pioneering spirit and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with conflict while serving in Afghanistan in 2010
 
Lieutenant Fredrik Dundeberg
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, for highly meritorious leadership, for his pioneering spirit and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with conflict while serving in Afghanistan in 2010
 
Lieutenant Henrik Eriksson
for acting with great personal bravery and at a risk to his own life, for highly meritorious leadership, for his pioneering spirit and for meritorious service under difficult conditions, in connection with conflict while serving in Afghanistan in 2010
 
The Swedish Armed Forces' Silver Medal of Merit without Swords was presented to:

Captain Marcus Dyrvold
for meritorious service and highly meritorious leadership of technical services under difficult conditions, while serving in Afghanistan in 2010