Saturday 31st January saw the culmination of a week of celebrations in the Falkland Islands commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Union Flag being raised on Saunders Island. Commodore John Byron placed the flag in 1765 signifying the start of British rule in the Falkland Islands.
As part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the Union Flag being raised by English Commodore John Byron in the Falkland Islands, on 21 January 1765, more precisely on Saunders Island, a ceremonial sod of turf was raised on the site for a Time Capsule to be buried.
The 250th anniversary of the Union Flag (Union Jack) being raised by Commodore John Byron on 21st January 1765 was today celebrated by the people of the Falklands. Signifying British rule and inclusion as a part of the commonwealth, the first British population was settled making the foundations of the community resident today.