Monday, November 12th 2012 - 02:05 UTC

Fifty Falklands veterans at Stanley’s Remembrance Sunday commemoration

Remembrance Sunday, November 11, was celebrated in the Falkland Islands capital, Stanley with a service at Christ Church Cathedral, followed by a march to the Cross of Sacrifice, the Memorial to all those who laid down their lives for Britain in war, where a service of remembrance and thanksgiving was held in warm and sunny weather.

Veterans march towards the Cross of Sacrifice

The Band of the Royal Marines Scotland leads the parade

The Duke of Kent followed by other top officials at the wreaths laying ceremony

The Band of the Royal Marines Scotland led the march, followed by the Colours of the Armed Forces, British Legion and veterans associations; then came 50 veterans of the Falklands War, contingents from the Royal Navy, the Army, which was represented by the Parachute Regiment, Royal Air Force, Falkland Islands Defence Force, and many others.

The names of all those islanders who fell in the First and Second World Wars were read out.

Wreaths were laid by the Duke of Kent, representing the Queen, by Falklands Governor Nigel Haywood on behalf of the Falklands, by Brigadier Aldridge, Commander of British Forces Falkland Islands, by Major Peter Biggs Commander of the Falkland Islands Defence Force, by Councillor Richard Sawle for the Legislative Council, by Lt. Col Tony Davies for SAMA-82, the Falklands War veterans association, by Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, Mark Lancaster MP on behalf of the British Government, and by many others.

The customary two minutes of silence was signalled by the firing of a gun, manned by members of the local Falkland Islands Defence Force.

The Reverend Richard Hines led the services. A large number of Islanders gathered at the memorial to join the commemoration there - and were joined by tourists from a visiting ship and foreign visitors, including several Argentine veterans of the Falklands War.

In London Queen Elizabeth II, members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and dignitaries, attended the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Sunday. They were joined by hundreds of veterans from previous conflicts, as well as Service personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force on parade.

 

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1 José Malvinero (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 02:58 am Report abuse
Well, well, the “Empire” has no nothing. 10 cases of islets scattered around, St. Helena, Ascension, several in the Caribbean, Diego Garcia Island, of course! and ... the main pearl: Our ISLANDS MALVINAS ARGENTINAS.
2 Troy Tempest (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 03:30 am Report abuse
RIP Sir Rex, and 'Well done!'

Thank you, to all the brave members of our Armed Forces !!
3 Lord Ton (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 03:44 am Report abuse
“Pearls before swine” ??

I think you'll find that they are OUR Falkland islands. British since 1765 :-)

www.scribd.com/doc/103643219/Falklands-History
4 LEPRecon (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 06:54 am Report abuse
I'm sure it was very moving for both the Islanders and the Veterans yesterday.

Well done to these brave men who overcame horrendous hardships and dangers to return liberty and peace to the Falkland Islands and her people.

@3 - Lord Ton

This La Cmpora troll 'Jose' won't let things like facts, evidence and truth get in the way of his indoctrinated demented reasoning.

Besides if he doesn't tow the line his La Campora masters won't pay him with booze and food. ;)
5 toooldtodieyoung (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 07:01 am Report abuse
Remember them all.

The British and Argentine dead. While I feel so very proud of what our armed forces achieved, I feel sad for the one that did not come back.

For the british posters on this site, try to remember that the Argentinians who fought this war did not have a choice, they were conscripts, and each one of the Argentinian dead were someone son or husband or father....... it was a sad loss of life.
6 ProRG_American (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 07:03 am Report abuse
You might caqll them heroes, the world knows them as mercenaries and pirates.
7 toooldtodieyoung (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 07:21 am Report abuse
6 ProRG_American

“You might caqll them heroes, the world knows them as mercenaries and pirates”

If that's the way you want to remember the Argentine armed forces, go right ahead...... I don't think I called them hero's, I was just inviting everyone to remember them, something which, by all accounts, the Argentinian people have not done for the last 30+ years....

But you are probably right, the world knows the Argentines for being mercenaries and pirates. Shame really, on such a day as this you would think that they would choose to remember...... not ignore and forget.
8 ProRG_American (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 07:51 am Report abuse
Not really. Argentines are not known as mercenaries and pirates. Your forces are though. Such as the Gurkhas, etc. The Argentines have always fought their invaders, and enemies from within and out. They don’t invade other nations or steal other people’s resources. The Malvinas were recovered, not invaded, in 1982.
Argentines are quite proud of their military history. During base open houses, hundreds of thousands show up to show their support. Today, most of them support the re-equipment and and modernization of their armed forces .
9 Lord Ton (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 07:55 am Report abuse
Actually Yank - our forces are known as one of the top fighting forces in the world. Only your lot could invent the term “friendly fire”.

As for Argentina not being invaders - ask the Patagonian Indians, hell , ask the Chileans.

Ans as for Argentina's armed forces, Think once told me that if you needed to call them out, you would probably have to leave a message on their answer phone!
10 HansNiesund (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 08:56 am Report abuse
@8
> Argentines are not known as mercenaries and pirates.

It's true that your military is better known for its other accomplishments, such as electro-convulsive therapy, nun-flying, and baby-stealing.
11 stick up your junta (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 10:02 am Report abuse
The Argentines have always fought their invaders, and enemies from within and out.

Using your black slaves to do your fighting
12 Anbar (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 10:09 am Report abuse
@proRG_notayankbutapaidtroll

another person with no sense of decency and manners.

this should be a time to honour the fallen of any and al nationalities, not an excuse to peddle personal propaganda (even more so when you are misrepresenting yourself)
13 ChrisR (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 11:02 am Report abuse
Best to ignore Jose and the RG idiot on this because they know they have lost: it's just a job for them both, without which they would probably starve.
14 v for victory (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 12:21 pm Report abuse
I agree with #5 toooldtodieyoung.
15 Boovis (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 12:27 pm Report abuse
Argentina never invades?

1864–1870: War of the Triple Alliance. Argentina, the Brazilian Empire and Uruguay invaded and routed the militaristic Paraguay of Francisco Solano López, after the strategic Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil was invaded.
1870s: The Conquest of the Desert, a military campaign directed mainly by General Julio Argentino Roca, established Argentine dominance over Patagonia.
1978: After Argentine repudiation of an obligatory arbitration to settle a territorial dispute with Chile concerning the Beagle Channel, General Jorge Rafael Videla moved troops to the Andes mountains. The Argentine Operation Soberanía to invade the islands was stopped with mediation from the Holy See.
1982: nuff said.

The UK is certainly no saint, but please don't lie and say you never invaded anyone, we have keyboards.
16 marjack126 (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 01:27 pm Report abuse
At a time when we should be remembering ALL war dead, how very sad it is that we allow ourselves to be reeled in by one person who's sole aim in life is to make inflammatory comments just to get a reaction. Job done here then!

Hard as it is at times, we should all just ignore these Trolls and not give them the satisfaction of a reply. Their very reason for existing would then disappear and they would quickly slither back under the rock they crawled from under.

I salute those from all countries who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. That is what this is all about, not the rights and wrongs of those who lead us and we should all do well to remember that.
17 brucey-babe (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 02:04 pm Report abuse
@16 marjack126.

Well said.
18 Zethee (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 02:09 pm Report abuse
“Argentines are not known as mercenaries and pirates”

You are quite right, Mostly because of the utter failure of the Argentine forces throughout history.

They tried there hand at piracy on the Falklands and the US kicked them off.

Who would even hire them as mercs? Someone on a tight budget?

British forces do often even to this day become re hired in civilian roles such as security of even mercenary work. That's because they are the best at what they do.

I believe currently the best private security for wealthy or famous people is generally considered to be Ex SAS personnel.
19 José Malvinero (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 02:23 pm Report abuse
3 Lord Ton
Sorry but I see that you have to pay to lower that librejo, and I'm not willing to spend a cent on junk lying pirates. Besides, I have good and TRUE literature about the Malvinas Argentinas Islands
20 travellingscotsman (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 02:58 pm Report abuse
@ proRG - In 1982 the Falklands were soverign British territory, as they are today, Argentina's invasion of these islands were recognised by the UN as just that - an invasion. If you are so anti - imperialist why don't you concentrate more on your own country, why don't you give Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona back to Mexico? You seem to like taking the moral stand, but you just come acroos as ignorant and miss informed, just like most of the american people to be honest.
21 Conqueror (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 03:01 pm Report abuse
@1 Still dreaming. The FALKLAND ISLANDS never were yours. And NEVER will be. Would you like to try again? WE can turn your dreams into NIGHTMARES! What I have in mind is that you send out an invasion force. And NONE of them ever return!
@5 I understand what you're saying BUT are they not allowed conscientious objectors? How about laying the gun down and putting hands on head? You know what I'm saying. They could have refused to fight. Who “forced” them to pull triggers, release bombs, fire missiles? They were complicit. And had argieland won? Would they not have basked in being “heroes”?
@8 Actually, argies are best known for being war criminals. War crimes include such actions as ill-treatment of prisoners of war. Like forcing Royal Marines to lie face-down and standing on their backs. They also include such actions as the ill-treatment of civilian residents. Like confining 115 residents of Goose Green in the community hall without food or bedding. That included 43 children. The community hall was not marked as being used for civilian detainees and no shelters against air or artillery bombardment were provided. More war crimes. Forcible deportations. Another war crime. Siting artillery between civilian homes. Another war crime.
@16 I disagree. Such “people” (I use the term loosely) MUST be challenged and resisted at every opportunity! Think of the 30s. Appeasement is NEVER the right course.
22 KFC de Pollo (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 05:32 pm Report abuse
@1 will soon be without a job when Cristina flys off to Venezuela on a helicopter!
23 briton (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 12:04 am Report abuse
José Malvinero
Our ISLANDS MALVINAS ARGENTINAS
[if they are yours, then fight for them ]
They are not, so you use the corrupt UN to steal them.
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ProRG_American
Hero’s they are,
Pirates are those who try to steal what is not theirs to steal,
Argentineans come to mind.
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ProRG_American
Argentines are quite proud of their military
[ not proud enough to fight without excuses.]
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
You Argies that support your leader’s false claims are as bad as she is,
And she CFK is just jealous and envious of the British and their proud history,
That’s why she would sell her country down the drain to have her very own little CFKs empire.

.
24 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 10:47 pm Report abuse
#22 My support for Cristina is because she is right, not because she is in power. If she was driven out by your side we, her political friends all over the world, would have to up our game all the more in solidarity, but as I always say its not likely to happen
25 Pete Bog (#) Nov 21st, 2012 - 12:45 am Report abuse
@24
To be fair to CFK ,in years to come, a grateful FIG forced into countering Argentina's false claims thus ensuring their future (either as an Independent country or a BOT with increasing powers of autonomy) will erect statues to her Timmidman and Putrid jelly as the influences that forced them to state their case internationally, leading to a deep water port, a vibrant oil industry, the 2013 referendum and hopefully the emasculation of the corrupt and impartial C-24 that hopefully will be axed by Ban-ki-Moon.

I am not certain that the gratitude will lead to the statues being cleaned of Turkey Vulture/sea bird crap or being dive bombed by bonnies.

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