SECRETARY of the UK Falkland Islands All Party Parliamentary Group, Andrew Rosindell MP and Caroline Dineage MP (who visited the Falklands under the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme visit in 2011) were guests at a Service of Commemoration for the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands War held in Gosport on Sunday May 27.
With temperatures around 27 degrees, hundreds gathered in Falklands Gardens for the special event.
Attended by around 250 Falklands veterans, next of kin of those who were killed, youth groups, civic dignitaries and military guests, the service was accompanied by music from the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines. A Sea King helicopter provided the fly past.
In a very moving ceremony, local students read out the names of all those who were killed, whils three single yellow roses were laid to remember the Falkland Islanders who died and two hundred and fifty five single carnations to remember those killed in action, were placed at the Falkland Islands memorial stone by next of kin, students and invited guests.
Following the service, veterans marched down the High Street to applause from the many Gosport residents who had turned out to watch the event.
The salute was taken by Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE MA (Oxon) with the Mayor of Gosport.
A reception was then held for all the participants in two large marquees in Walpole Gardens.
The Islands were represented by the Chairman of the local branch of SAMA (82) Gary Clement and the Falkland Islands Government Representative, Sukey Cameron MBE.
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