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Falklands' Battle Day commemorated in London

Tuesday, December 8th 2015 - 01:06 UTC
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MLA Roger Edwards and Mr. Andrew Rosindell, MP laying their wreaths at the Cenotaph  (Pic P. Pepper) MLA Roger Edwards and Mr. Andrew Rosindell, MP laying their wreaths at the Cenotaph (Pic P. Pepper)
Air Commodore Russell La Forte, CBE, lays his wreath for Britain's Armed Forces (Pic. P. Pepper)  Air Commodore Russell La Forte, CBE, lays his wreath for Britain's Armed Forces (Pic. P. Pepper)

Battle Day was commemorated in the traditional manner at the Cenotaph in central London on Saturday 5th December. The traffic was stopped in Whitehall, and the service was conducted by former Rector of Christchurch Cathedral in Stanley the Rev. Dr. Richard Hines.

 Wreaths were laid by Air Commodore Russell la Forte, CBE, for Britain’s Armed Forces; by Mr. Andrew Rosindell, MP, for the Falkland Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group; by the Hon Roger Edwards, MLA, for the Falkland Islands Government; by Chairman Alan Huckle for the Falkland Islands Association (FIA); by Chairman Gordon Mather, MM, for the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA-82); by Islander Mr. Daniel Biggs for the Falkland Islands Defence Force; by Mr. Colin Villiers for the HMS Protector Association; by Mr. Colin Stevens for the Men of Kent and Kentish Men; and by several young Islanders.

The Colour Guard was provided by Pangbourne Naval College and by the Royal Navy, and marshalled by Colonel Michael Bowles a veteran of 1982 and former Chairman of SAMA-82. Two Royal Marine buglers sounded the Last Post, and flags were lowered for the two minutes silence.

Although Battle Day commemorates the Battle of the Falklands on the 8th December 1914 when a German fleet was defeated by the Royal Navy, it is also a moment to remember those who fell liberating the Falklands following Argentina’s invasion in 1982.

With the ceremony over, the Colour Guard was inspected by Air Commodore Russell la Forte, and everyone proceeded on to the AGM of the Falkland Islands Association.

By Harold Briley and Peter Pepper - London

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  • ilsen

    Decent, respectful and appropriate Ceremony.

    Thanks to all who participated, and they many, many, across the World, who took the time from their day to remember the sacrifice made by a few in the name of the many, for the principles of democracy, freedom and liberty.

    I know I did.

    Not let us forget that the Invasion of The Falkland Islands was instigated by a Fascist Junta.
    Not let us forget the brave souls of those who died, of those who were injured, and of the surviving troops who fought valiantly against the fascist-led invaders, and who won the war, and ultimately ushered the Argentines into something approximating Democracy.

    Now, not let us forget that Freedom and Self-Determination has a Blood-Price.

    Unfortunately some are not willing to their International Debt requirements...

    Dec 08th, 2015 - 01:57 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    That's what the Saxons murderers serve. For to tan with our face! America must create shame in the face and expel the entire diplomatic corps of the 5 eyes!

    When we are ready we'll take it back, idiots!

    Dec 08th, 2015 - 02:05 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    No Labourites then? Not surprising, they're mostly cowards who would gladly give away things that much better men have achieved. Corbyn is an example. A traitor if ever there was one. Giving anything to do with the Falklands, South Georgia or the South Sandwich Islands to argieland is pure treachery. He doesn't even have a brain capable of recognising British sacrifices made. Why isn't there a British law enabling a traitor to be executed before he has a chance to do any damage? Never mind, in the event of any future South Atlantic conflict, Corbyn has already been identified by argies as “one of theirs”. He'll be executed almost before he knows it.
    @2. “For to tan with our face”. Gibberish. Does that mean you already have shyte all over your face? You'll never take anything you never had. We can promise you that YOU'll be dead first. Look at a current situation. 12 British combat aircraft make a difference in Syria/Iraq. Now imagine our two new aircraft carriers. 80 aircraft. Nine attack submarines capable of launching 270 first strike cruise missiles. Four ballistic missile submarines. Capable of launching from 7,000 miles away. Each missile with multiple warheads.

    You couldn't “take” anything. But perhaps we'll contact the indigenous people and tell them when to take cover while we exterminate the invaders. Could you polluting slobs get a picture?

    Dec 08th, 2015 - 03:49 pm 0
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