The Falkland Islands' people will recall this Friday, 14 June, Liberation Day, when the invading and occupying Argentine forces on this day back in 1982 surrendered to the British Task Force ensuring the recovery of freedom for the British Overseas Territory.
The main ceremony, following a religious service, will take place at the Liberation Monument with attendance of Falklands lawmakers, the Islands' Governor, military officers and personnel, Veterans and members of the community.
Finally the local residents are invited to a two hours civic reception at the Falkland Islands Defense Force hall.
The program announced by Gilbert House is as follows: a thanksgiving service will be held in Stanley's Christ Church Cathedral commencing at 9.45am.
The Governor together with the Commander British Forces will attend the service. Members of the Legislative Assembly and representatives of the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force, the Falkland Islands Defense Force, FIDF, and members of the Merchant Navy and Youth Groups will be in attendance. Veterans from 1982, including local residents and from the United Kingdom will also be present.
At 11.00am a ceremony will be held at the Liberation Monument in front of the Secretariat building. After prayers the Governor will lay a wreath. Wreaths will also be laid by a Member of Legislative Assembly, the Commander British Forces, official FIG guests, by representatives of the Armed Services, 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 10.45 a.m. Please look out for and take heed of the road closures in the area of Barrack Street/Ross Road and Reservoir Road.
A civic reception, hosted by the Falkland Islands Government, will be held in the FIDF Hall. This will commence at 11.45am to 14.00. All residents and members of the Armed Services are cordially invited to attend. It is appropriate for medals and decorations to be worn on this occasion.