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Anniversary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands

Anniversary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands

The following programme has been arranged for Sunday 8th December 2013 to commemorate the victory of the Naval engagements of 8th December 1914, on which day 6 British sailors lost their lives and a number of others died later from injuries received during the battle. 2,260 German sailors also lost their lives.

At 9.25 am detachments representing British Forces Falkland Islands and the Falkland Islands Defence Force will enter Christ Church Cathedral, where at 9.45 am the customary Memorial Service will begin, led by the clergy from Stanley and the Force Chaplain. His Excellency the Governor together with the Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands and Members of Legislative Assembly will attend. Members of the Public are very welcome to attend this service and are asked please to be seated by 9.30 am.

At the conclusion of the memorial service at about 10.15 am the Parade, led by the School of Music Band of Her Majestys Royal Marines, will march to the Battle Memorial.

At 10.45 am the parade will arrive at the Battle Memorial. Members of the various youth organisations will be present. At 10.58 His Excellency the Governor will arrive at the Battle Memorial and will inspect the Parade. After prayers His Excellency the Governor will lay a wreath, followed by a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands, and representatives of the Royal British Legion and Associations.

After the ceremony at the Battle Memorial there will be a march past. His Excellency the Governor will take the Salute from a dais at the entrance gates to Government House lawns.

Members of the public wishing to attend the ceremony are asked to arrive no later than 10.50 am.

It is appropriate for decorations and medals to be worn on this occasion

Gilbert House Stanley

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