The Falkland Islands will commemorate on Sunday the naval engagement of 8th December 1914 when the Royal Navy sunk with a minimum loss of life the German fleet, an event which until Liberation Day, 14 June 1982, was the most outstanding of the Islands calendar.
The program arranged for Sunday begins at 9.25 am with detachments representing British Forces Falkland Islands and the Falkland Islands Defense Force will enter Christ Church Cathedral, where at 9.45 am the customary Memorial Service will begin, led by the clergy from Stanley and the Force Chaplain.
Governor Nigel Haywood together with the Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands and Members of Legislative Assembly will attend.
At the conclusion of the memorial service at about 10.15 am the Parade, led by the School of Music Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, will march to the Battle Memorial.
At 10.45 am the parade will arrive at the Battle Memorial. Members of the various youth organizations will be present. At 10.58 Governor Haywood will arrive at the Battle Memorial and will inspect the Parade. After prayers Governor Haywood will lay a wreath, followed by a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands, and representatives of the Royal British Legion and Associations.
After the ceremony at the Battle Memorial there will be a march. The Governor will take the Salute from a dais at the entrance gates to Government House lawns.
Members of the public wishing to attend the ceremony are asked to arrive no later than 10.50 am. It is appropriate for decorations and medals to be worn on this occasion.
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To be fair to ze Germans, the Battle of ze Falklands was the second half of ze battle. Ze first half, ze Battle of Condell, went to ze Germans.Dec 05th, 2013 - 09:15 pm 0
@1 With all due respect I think you may be getting your Battle of Coronel muddled with your Battle of Punta Gruesa.Dec 05th, 2013 - 09:18 pm 0
No Falkirk Frank he hasn't. Coroner was the worst defeat the RN had suffered in a century.Dec 05th, 2013 - 09:35 pm 0
Funny thing was that Von Spee and Kit Craddock were friends having fought along side each other in China
It's a pity the centenary is so low key with no naval contingent.
I would have had a German naval ship there to commemorate their own dead