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Paying Respects in the Falklands

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Foreign Office Minister Meg Munn recently visited the Falkland Islands and whilst there attended the unveiling of the Royal Marine’s Monument which pays tribute to their contribution to the Island’s freedom. Meg, along with the Governor Mr Alan Huckle, members of the Royal Marines Association, the Falkland Islands Defence Force and other members of the public watched former ’42 Commando Commanding Officer, Maj. Gen Nick Vaux RM, (Ret) unveil the stone and plaque.

Meg Munn was also due to visit the memorial to HMS Sheffield and lay a wreath in memory of the 20 personal who perished when the vessel was sunk on the 4th May 1982 during the Falklands War. Unfortunately, high winds meant the RAF had to cancel the helicopter trip to that memorial. The wreath will be taken to the memorial by the helicopter crew of HMS Endurance when weather conditions allow.

 

Meg Munn said:

 

“As well as the new Royal Marine Monument, I visited the main memorial to those who died in 1982. It is situated in the centre of Stanley and is very moving, recording as it does the names of all who died.”

 

“I spoke to many Falkland Islanders who told me that they are eternally grateful to all who fought to re-gain their freedom. The Islands have changed considerably since the conflict, but there are still many reminders of that time and memories are fresh, even amongst the young.”

HMS Sheffield was a 4,100 ton destroyer; commissioned in 1975 she was the second Royal Navy Ship to bear the City’s name.

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Meg Munn at the main memorial in Stanley.

Meg Munn at the main memorial in Stanley.


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