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Falklands Memorial Service at Pangbourne

Monday, June 18th 2012 - 10:41 UTC
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Veterans organisations pose with their colours Veterans organisations pose with their colours
Martin Reed,Chief Officer of Canberra, and his wife Denise Martin Reed,Chief Officer of Canberra, and his wife Denise

The Annual Service of Remembrance was held at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne on Sunday 17th June. As it marked the 30 anniversary of the war a marquee was erected to extend the nave to hold the large number of veterans, families of the fallen and dignitaries - a total of 850 people.

The service was conducted by the Chaplin of Pangbourne College, the Reverend Neil Jeffers, and began with “Eight Bells” rung on the bell from RFA Sir Galahad by her captain in 1982 Captain Philip Roberts.

The choir of Pangbourne College, and the Brass Quintet from the Royal Marines took part. The Last Post was sounded, followed by the famous lament The Flowers of the Forest, played by piper Keith Burton a veteran of the Falklands War, then the traditional silence and Reveille.

The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mrs Bayliss, then presented the Queen Elizabeth Cross to members of seven families who had lost loved ones in the 1982 war. This award was instituted by Her Majesty in 2009 to recognise the loss suffered by families whose loved ones have laid down their lives while serving the country in war.

The address was by the Right Reverend Stephen Venner, Bishop to the Forces and for the Falkland Islands. The service was followed by a buffet lunch, which was magnificently organised by Pangbourne College, whose staff and students were invaluable to the organisation of the day.
 

By Peter Pepper - London

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  • briton

    But for a bunch of greedy thieves,
    Selfish and corrupt, liars and deceivers,

    These heroes would be alive today,

    Bless them all, they will never be forgotten.

    .

    Jun 18th, 2012 - 01:53 pm 0
  • Britworker

    Totally agree. And they are kidding no-one that they are all so different and democratic now, they are just the same dirt bags they always were.

    Jun 18th, 2012 - 04:16 pm 0
  • JohnN

    An important remembrance in a special place.

    Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel: http://www.falklands-chapel.org.uk/
    Location of Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel: http://www.falklands-chapel.org.uk/

    Jun 18th, 2012 - 06:26 pm 0
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