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Preparations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands

Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 06:43 UTC
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The monument in the Falklands that remembers the Battle The monument in the Falklands that remembers the Battle
Phyllis Rendell will act as coordinator of events Phyllis Rendell will act as coordinator of events

At the invitation of Mensun Bound, some twenty-five people, including three members of the Falklands elected Legislative Council met to consider ways in which the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands should be marked, when it falls on December 8, 2014.

Mr Bound, who is recognised as one of the world’s leading marine archaeologists, said that he believed that a serious opportunity would be lost if early steps were not taken to plan for an adequate commemoration of this important event.

Falkland Islanders of his and earlier generations had grown up with the stories of the battles of the Falklands and of Coronel, which preceded it.

One had been the biggest British naval victory since Trafalgar and the other, possibly the biggest single defeat. Both had involved the deaths of thousands of sailors and were inextricably bound up with the history of the Falklands.

There was a general consensus among those gathered that both these events should be commemorated in a special way in 2014. Mensun Bound announced that Mrs Phyllis Rendell, who was unavoidably absent from the meeting, had agreed to act as coordinator of any events and activities which might be planned.

It is expected that another meeting will be held in the near future to consider any proposals that people may have and to begin the planning of their implementation. (PN).-

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Rufus

    Maybe they could have a delegation from the Argentine Step Aerobics (or Men's Field Hockey team) visit, complete with placards reading things like:

    “To fail to compete on British Soil, fail to train on Argentine Soil”

    “We play alongside the worlds least successful marathon runner”

    “Want a war memorial desecrated, why not Zylberberg”

    and so on...

    Jan 15th, 2013 - 09:52 am 0
  • Lou Spoo

    I would like to see representatives of the UK/German Governments & navies invited so that each nation can pay their respects to the losses on both sides.

    It would also be a lesson to the fools in Argentina on how nations should honour their war dead, with dignity and respect rather than using them as political tools.

    Jan 15th, 2013 - 10:14 am 0
  • Shed-time

    @2 Hasn't KFC-timmerman had all her war dead disinterred by the red 'argie' cross and then paraded on national 'argie' telly in some weird ghoul-fest yet?

    Jan 15th, 2013 - 11:17 am 0
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