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Falklands’ government announces arrangements for Liberation Day anniversary

Friday, June 7th 2013 - 05:35 UTC
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The Liberation Monument in Stanley The Liberation Monument in Stanley

To mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands from Argentine occupation in 1982, the elected government of the Islands has arranged the following program for Friday 14 June 2013.

A Thanksgiving Service will be held in Christ Church Cathedral commencing at 9.45am. His Excellency Governor Nigel Haywood, Members of the Legislative Assembly together with the Chief of Staff will attend the service.

The marching troops will consist of the Royal Navy, Falkland Islands Defence Force, Army, and Royal Air Force. The Royal British Legion and Associations and Youth Groups will be in attendance. Veterans from 1982 will also be present.

At 11.00am a ceremony will be held at the Liberation Monument in front of the Secretariat building. After prayers His Excellency the Governor will lay a wreath.

Wreaths will also be laid by a Member of the Legislative Assembly, the Chief of Staff, Veteran associations, and by relatives and others wishing to do so.

Members of the community wishing to attend are asked to arrive no later than 10.45am. Attention is drawn to the fact that Ross Road between Barrack St and Reservoir Road will be closed to traffic to enable the ceremony at the Monument to take place.

It is appropriate for medals and decorations to be worn on this occasion.

A public reception hosted by the Falkland Islands Government, will be held in the Town Hall from 1130hrs to 1300hrs. All residents and members of the Armed Services are cordially invited to attend.

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  • travellingscotsman

    Quite right - if the RG's can celebrate their invasion we can certainly celebrate our victory over evil and an undemocratic country willing to impose her rights over and above the rights of the people of the Falklands!

    Jun 07th, 2013 - 07:51 am 0
  • Biguggy

    The trolls have, so far, been remarkably quiet on this. Perhaps they are waiting for the 'official' protest from the RG Government before committing themselves?

    Sarcasm aside, I believe it is only proper that the Islanders give appropriate thanks for their deliverance from the nation that would oppress them and to remember, with gratitude, the human cost of that deliverance. The human cost, I believe, should not just be for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the Islanders freedom but also those who will bear the scars, disfigurements, disablements and pain which resulted from the action required to obtain said freedom until their dying day. I salute, and remember, them.

    Jun 07th, 2013 - 09:44 am 0
  • Conqueror

    I think there are some unfortunate omissions from the programme of events. For instance, I would start by firing an argie out of a gun. Then there would be a semaphore exhibition with suitable British regiments using their regimental colours. On the other “side”, argies would have white flags. Then there would be a footrace where the argie team could try to beat their record for running down Mount Tumbledown. Then there could be a flypast with argie jets closely followed by Eurofighter Typhoons, with the Typhoons demonstrating how air-to-air missiles work. As a high point, there could be a British submarine demonstrating how to sink a warship. For the finale, perhaps a montage of body bags being loaded on to a ship and the ship sailing away to the west. Accompanied by a rousing chorus of “God Save the Queen”. But we shouldn't always look to the past. So, perhaps, something more forward-looking? A little “filler” entitled “How to destroy Buenos Aires”. With options. “From the air”. “From the sea”. “From 7,000 miles away”.

    Jun 07th, 2013 - 11:57 am 0
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