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Memorial events to mark Falklands 40th anniversary take shape

Wednesday, February 23rd 2022 - 23:59 UTC
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The service is being organized by the South Atlantic Medal Association 82 – the umbrella organization for Falklands veterans. The service is being organized by the South Atlantic Medal Association 82 – the umbrella organization for Falklands veterans.

Four decades to the day that the fighting in the South Atlantic conflict came to an end, the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield will be the setting for a Falkland Islands ‘Liberation Day’ commemorative event, organized by the Royal British Legion on June 14.

It is inviting veterans, civilians, and bereaved family members to join them to remember the sacrifices made and the freedom re-gained by the inhabitants of the Falklands' community.

Those who wish to attend should either contact their respective regimental or service association to register interest, or directly at falklands@britishlegion.org.uk.

Distance, cost, the few flights to the islands – and extremely limited space on them – plus Covid quarantine rules all make a return to the Falklands for veterans difficult this year, although the MOD is striving to make as many ‘veterans’ pilgrimages’ take place as possible.

For those unable to return to the Islands, in the UK there are numerous anniversary events – national, regional, local and unit focused – running from early April through to the end of June.

Aside from the liberation day event in the arboretum, the other national commemoration is the 40th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral (home of the national Falklands monument) on April 5 (invitation only; invitations now closed).

The service is being organized by the South Atlantic Medal Association 82 – the umbrella organization for Falklands veterans.

It’s holding its annual general meeting in Derby from April 1-4, including a service at the National Memorial Arboretum on April 3.

The Royal Naval Association is combining its annual general meeting weekend and parade with commemorations in Portsmouth (June 17-19).

Friday 17th is dedicated to the theme of ‘reunite with an evening reception on HMS Warrior, a civic dinner hosted by Portsmouth City Council and a chance for RNA Special Interest Groups, including golfers, cricketers and classic car enthusiasts, to get together.

The RNA’s AGM will be held on Saturday morning, and the theme for the rest of the day is ‘re-live’, which will include a Falklands Forum at HMS Nelson Wardroom, featuring a panel of South Atlantic veterans.

Sunday June 19 is dedicated to remembrance, including a service of at the Falklands Memorial near the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth.

An application form for ticketed events, can be found on the RNA website at royal-naval-association.co.uk/members/downloads/2022/

The sacrifices of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary will be remembered with two major events. On June 8, 40 years to the day of the tragedy at Bluff Cove – when RFA Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram were bombed and 56 men killed – a memorial service/wreath laying takes place at Marchwood Church in Hampshire. Sir Galahad’s CO that day, Captain Phil Roberts, is due to attend.

And on August 3, the National Memorial Arboretum is once again the setting, this time for a service at the RFA Memorial for RFA Association members.

There is a commemoration at the Falklands Memorial Chapel in Pangbourne College, near Reading, on June 12 (details: https://falklands-chapel.org.uk/annual-service/).

Regional commemorations are planned in Liverpool (April 25) and Hull (June 17-19), a freedom parade for veterans in Gosport (May 29) and Plymouth (June 14).

As for unit/ship associations, green berets of 42 Commando will remember fallen comrades in Plymouth on June 11, veterans of destroyer HMS Cardiff will converge on their namesake city (May 27-29), while former shipmates of assault ship HMS Fearless and survivors of HMS Coventry will gather in Portsmouth (May 28-29) and HMS Glamorgan veterans meet in the home of the RN the following week.

Later in year, the annual Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall will have a strong Falklands theme. For details, see SAMA 82 events and Rbl.org.uk/falklands40.

Meanwhile Emsworth Museum in Hampshire is focusing on the role of a single ship to tell the story of 1982.

It’s selected HMS Antrim, which first led the operation to liberate South Georgia, then joined the main effort to re-take the Falklands themselves, during which she ‘collected’ a 1,000lb bomb which passed through her main missile magazine and thankfully failed to detonate.

The museum’s Christopher Morrison wants to hear from her ship’s company, or any from the Royal Marines/Army, and any families, who were involved with HMS Antrim in 1982 to help complete the exhibition, which will run on weekends (Saturdays 1030-1630 and Sundays 1430-1630) throughout May at the site in North Street. Contact morricl@aol.com.

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  • Judge Jose

    Liberato, it is irrelevant if Brits were on the islands or not, the fact is the islands were claimed by Britain, you live in a fantasy world, Vernet asked London for permission to go there, it was given, Buenos Aires had no right to send any military there as the islands were already claimed, therefore your illegal occupation was ejected, can you not let that sink in just for one minute, Ukraine is sod all to do with anything, Roger Lorton has given you massive evidence but still you quote nonsense, in every thread, You have had corrupt government after corrupt government including a ruthless junta, so why would you believe their lies, the islands belong to the islanders and that will not change unless they wish it,

    Feb 23rd, 2022 - 04:16 pm +4
  • Monkeymagic

    40th Anniversary of the second invasion of the islands.

    Invasion 1 : October 1832, led by Mestevier and 26 soldiers (who mutineed, murdered Mestevier and raped his wife), asked to leave by the British 10 weeks later.

    Invasion 2 : April 1982, expelled by the British 10 weeks later

    Britain has never invaded the islands, just defended them from Argentine belligerence and bullying.

    Feb 23rd, 2022 - 11:56 am +3
  • Monkeymagic

    Liberato

    When the Argentines invaded in 1832 whom did they state their claim to?

    Matthew Brisbane, who was the leader of the remnants of Luis Vernets business set up on the island.


    Seemingly impossible if there was “not a single British presence” (sic) since 1774.
    Matthew Brisbane was born in Perth, Scotland and was British.

    Why did Argentina need to send the warship Sarandi and 26 troops if there was no disputed claim?

    Why do the Argentines celebrate the murder of Brisbane by Gaucho Rivero as an Argentine uprising against the British if Brisbane was not British?

    Seems like if there is delusion it is on your part.

    Twice Argentina has humiliated itself sending militia to the islands, the first time they mutinied, murdered their captain and raped his wife, before being asked to leave.

    The second time a greater humiliation where they sent poorly armed boys to plant unmapped minefields and cower behind the islanders as a human shield.

    No happy with these two disgraces you make up fairy stories about inheriting from Spain...and claiming islands they've not set foot on in 190 years save for humiliation, murder and rape.

    Feb 23rd, 2022 - 07:21 pm +2
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