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Falklands launches 2017 Poppy Appeal: 100th anniversary of Passchendaele and 35th of South Atlantic conflict

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Chris Locke: “This year is particularly important as it marks the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele, one of the most notorious battles of the First World War” Chris Locke: “This year is particularly important as it marks the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele, one of the most notorious battles of the First World War”
On the 35th Anniversary of Falklands War, thoughts are focused on 'events of 1982 and the impact the War had and continues to have on our community and veterans' On the 35th Anniversary of Falklands War, thoughts are focused on 'events of 1982 and the impact the War had and continues to have on our community and veterans'

This week the Falkland Islands Branch of the Royal British Legion officially launched the Island’s 2017 Poppy Appeal. Since 1921 members of the public have worn the red poppy on their chest as a symbol of Remembrance to remember the fallen Service men and women killed in conflict.

 The Poppy Appeal is as relevant today as it was at its inception in 1921 when the Royal British Legion was formed with the Appeal culminating on Remembrance Sunday; a day we remember and honor those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Chris Locke, Chairman of the Falkland Islands Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “This year is particularly important as it marks the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, which remains one of the most notorious battles of the First World War.

Around 90,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers were reported missing; 50,000 were buried without being identified and 42,000 never recovered from the Belgian fields of Flanders that turned into an ocean of mud.

“However closer to home, this year marks the 35th Anniversary of the Falklands War where thoughts are focused on the events of 1982 and the impact the War had and continues to have on both our community and veterans“.

”The RBL’s motto, Live On; to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living, is particularly fitting; post 1982 the Falklands community is thriving, it’s success as a nation serves to confirm that the sacrifices made in 1982 were not all in vain.”

Chris went on to say, “last year over £14,000 was raised towards the Poppy Appeal through local donations or charitable events and plans are now well in hand to raise funds for the 2017 Appeal.

”Poppies are available at various locations around Stanley and MPA with all money raised going towards helping and supporting the vital work Royal British Legion undertakes for the Armed Forces community”.

If you would like to know more about the work of the RBL or about becoming a member please contact Chris at: chairman@rblfi.org. (Penguin News)

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  • ExPat 1987

    Gevera,

    Look you have been saying the same old shit for over a year now. Is it not time you changed the 25 to 24??.

    How are things in the Hospital Interdisciplinario Psicoasistencial José Tiburcio Borda? Food ok?

    Oct 30th, 2017 - 03:44 pm +2
  • Pete Bog

    @Gevera

    How's the Malvinas Chunnel project going?

    Tunnelling equipment broken down has it?

    Where are the Super Gauchos with 2ft knives that Korned Beef Kate promised in 1982?

    They've still to show up.

    Boat delayed by 35 years?

    Why did Pinedo crew the Sarandi with British sailors and then expect them to fight British sailors and marines on the Clio?

    Bit stupid wasn't it, when he could have crewed the Sarandi with convicted criminals from the United Provinces?

    Why did Louis Vernet give most of his top positions to people from Britain? (i.e, Brisbane, Metcalf, Helsby?).

    Why did Vernet prefer German, British and USA originated settlers to people from the United Provinces ?

    Why did the United Provinces need a British guy to run their navy.


    All this adds up to is little homeborn talent, though there were notable exceptions such as Antonina Roxa, a fine example of a hard working lady from South America who chose British nationality by staying in the Falkland Islands in 1833, to become a Falkland Islander.

    Having ended up with her own ranch she did much better than staying with one of the idiots from the United Provinces military who failed to fight HMS Clio, even though the total number of military and the crew of the Sarandi outnumbered the Brits.

    You lot never learn from history!

    Same in 1982, as in 1833, Brits travel a long way, well outnumbered by Argentines.

    Who won?

    By the way adding three zeros to your figure you got from INDEC.

    The result will be exactly the same amigo ;-).

    Oct 31st, 2017 - 12:58 pm 0
  • Jolene

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Nov 03rd, 2017 - 02:38 am 0
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