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Falklands War memorial unveiled

Falklands War memorial unveiled | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A service has been held to dedicate a new memorial to the Britons who died in the Falklands War in 1982.

 

The tribute, at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, is designed to reflect the islands' landscape.

The unveiling in front of more than 600 service veterans and their families, 30 years on from the task force landings in the Falklands, ended with a flypast.

Before now, only a flag pole and bench honoured the UK service personnel and merchant seamen who died.

The service was led by the Reverend David Cooper, and was followed by a flypast of the UK's last airworthy Vulcan bomber, which served in the islands.

'Restful space'
It was flown by the pilot who led the Black Buck 1 raid on Port Stanley's runway. A Chinook - among the helicopters used in the Falklands - also took part.

The service included a pipe lament by former members of the Scots Guards and a solo sung by Kathyrn Nutbeem, the daughter of Major Roger Nutbeem - who was one of 48 members of the armed forces killed on board troop ship Sir Galahad.

The widow of Colonel H Jones, commanding officer of 2 Para who died during the Battle of Goose Green and was later awarded the Victoria Cross, read the lesson.

The band of the Royal Marines also took part.

The memorial was commissioned by British veterans' organisation the South Atlantic Medal Association 1982, as a "a restful space for contemplation".

BBC correspondent Jonathan Beale said it was a partial replica of a memorial in San Carlos Bay in the Falklands, where British troops began their assault on 21 May 1982.

It contains rocks taken from the Falklands and the names of the three British civilians who died in the conflict.

The names of the British military personnel who died in the Falklands War can be found on the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The arboretum is the home to about 200 memorials to those who serve or have died for their country.

Last month, events were held in Britain and Argentina to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falkland Islands invasion.

A total of 255 British servicemen and about 650 Argentines died after the UK sent a task force following the Argentine invasion on 2 April 1982.

Veterans of the conflict gathered at a chapel at the National Memorial Arboretum three decades on, where a single candle was lit to mark the anniversary.

It will remain alight for 74 days - the length of the conflict.

Britain has controlled the Falklands since 1833 but Argentina claims the territory - which it calls the Malvinas - saying it inherited rights to them from Spain.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to uphold the right of islanders to determine their own fate.

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RAF - Operation Black Buck

RAF - Operation Black Buck | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Operation Black Buck - 1st May to 12 June 1982. After the recapture of South Georgia British attention was now focused on the main objective, the Falkland Islands themselves. Diplomatic negotiations and attempts to solve the situation peacably came to a practical end with the final rejection of the Haig peace proposals by the Argentinian Junta on 29 April. In reaction to this and in preparation for the final assault, on 30 April Britain declared a total exclusion zone around the Falklands to protect any non-combatant aircraft or vessels.

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