From the Press Association
A new memorial commemorating the 255 British servicemen who died in the Falklands War is to be unveiled during a special service to be attended by more than 600 veterans and their families at the National Memorial Arboretum. The event comes 30 years after British troops landed on the Falklands intent on dislodging the Argentine army that had invaded some 6 weeks before.
The memorial has been built to honour the task force, remember the servicemen and merchant seamen who gave their lives in the conflict and inform visitors to the Staffordshire centre of remembrance about the historical event. Incorporating a seven-foot high curved wall of rugged Cotswold stone facing a rock from the Falklands, it has been built to reflect the Falklands’ landscape and echoes the commemorative wall in San Carlos cemetery.
It also features two granite benches and a number of granite plaques, including one engraved with the names of three Falkland Islanders who lost their lives. The service is being organised by The South Atlantic Medal Association 1982, a charity which supports veterans of the Falklands Conflict. The service will include a pipe lament; a solo sung by the daughter of a major who died; a reading by a Falklands widow and a march off of standards.
The Falkland Islands have been British sovereign territory since 1765 and were disputed with Spain before the Spanish Crown finally recognised Britain’s rights in 1863. Argentina asserts that it inherited Spain’s claims in 1816.