At a ceremony Tuesday morning held at Staffordshire's National Memorial Arboretum, British prime minister Boris Johnson praised the daring bravery of Veterans, recalling that on the very day, exactly forty years ago, British soldiers entered Stanley and liberated the Falkland Islands from foreign occupation. And since Liberation, the Falkland Islands have lived and thrived in peace and freedom looking into the future.
You were the spearhead of an immense national effort, whereby our country dispatched a Task Force 8,000 miles to the South Atlantic to liberate a British territory from occupation and, even more importantly, to vindicate the principle that the people of the Falkland Islands - like people everywhere - have a right to decide their own future and live peacefully in their own land, Johnson said.
The prime minister joined veterans, bereaved family members and senior defense figures at a service in the National Memorial Arboretum, and underlined the honor of joining this extraordinary gathering of so many brave, gallant individuals, so many veterans and their families
If you look at the photographs of our troops raising the Union Flag over Government House, you’ll see young men who had just fought their way across a desolate and freezing landscape, and they’re unkempt and unshaven, their camouflage is streaked with mud, and you sense that their stamina – even their legendary stamina, has been tested to the limit, but what strikes you most is how their eyes and their faces are filled with pride in what they have achieved.
I of course have to rely on photographs, yet many of you were actually there.
You were the spearhead of an immense national effort, whereby our country dispatched a Task Force 8,000 miles to the South Atlantic to liberate a British territory from occupation and, even more importantly, to vindicate the principle that the people of the Falkland Islands - like people everywhere - have a right to decide their own future and live peacefully in their own land.
You left behind 255 British service personnel who laid down their lives for that principle, along with three Falkland Islanders.
As we honor their memory, the greatest tribute we can pay them is that ever since the liberation the Falkland Islands have lived and thrived in peace and freedom.
Today, they are home to people of 60 nationalities, providing Britain’s gateway to the Antarctic, and vital opportunities for conservation and scientific research, based on a modern partnership founded on that principle of self-determination.
None of this would have happened without the tenacity, courage and fortitude of everyone who served in the Task Force and the thousands of civilians who made it possible.
Finally, in honor of your achievements and sacrifice, I would like to ask the Hon Roger Spink and the Hon Leona Roberts of the Falkland Islands Government to present Tom Herring, the Chairman of the South Atlantic Medal Association, with a scroll giving all holders of the South Atlantic Medal the Freedom of the Falkland Islands.
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Wonderful bit of trolling by Trimonde, yes the islanders have no affection for Argentina, which invaded THEIR homeland and after being expelled by force has continued to claim it and say they have no right to the territory. Argentina is not interested in them and has tried to isolate the Islanders in every way. It may come as a surprise if you think that Argentina is important that nobody in the UK was much interested in the former Spanish colony before the invasion. Afterwards if successive governments had not made a fuss about the Falklands the UK would have resumed normal relations, as they have with Japan and Germany. We would probably be selling you aircraft and ships, although I believe two warships sold before the conflict were never paid for.Jun 15th, 2022 - 06:15 pm +3
Trimonde, you are seriously deluded, Argentina has never Owned the Falklands legally, and never will unless the Islanders want that, the sooner you accept reality the better you will be for it, wasting your life on a fantasy and a pipe dream.Jun 15th, 2022 - 11:57 am +2
@trimonde Remember it was Argentina that invaded the Islands in 1982 so the War is on You Guys !, the fact that it brought about the end of the Military Junta is an added Bonus for You !!!Jun 15th, 2022 - 03:36 pm +2