Falklands commemorate the dead of 30 years ago
War heroes and those they freed stood together in freezing conditions to mark the 30th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands yesterday.
Around 400 islanders gathered next to Liberation Memorial in Stanley to thank those who ended the 74-day occupation of the remote British overseas territory.
A thick snow storm began as Falklanders, veterans and VIPs left a service of thanksgiving held at Stanley’s Christ Church Cathedral.
Young and old packed into the church with standing room only to take part in the commemoration to those who died in 1982.
The brief but bitter war ended on 14 June, 1982, as Argentinian commander General Mario Menendez surrendered to the British at Stanley.
The fighting cost the lives of 255 British servicemen, three Falkland Islanders and 655 Argentinian soldiers.
Islanders lined the road next to Stanley Harbour in which HMS Clyde has taken anchor for the commemorations.
Union flags were hung alongside the Falkland flag opposite Liberation Monument, where an act of remembrance was held.
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