A series of lectures, memorials and other events will be held from this week to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War.
It aims to remember the sacrifices made in 1982 and celebrate the progress made in islands in the South Atlantic over the past 40 years.
The war lasted 74 days after the Argentine army invaded the Falklands on 2 April 1982.
Today, the Falkland Islands are a pioneer community with a strong sense of culture and heritage.
Three days later, a task force departed from the UK, eventually consisting of approximately 26,000 armed forces and 3,000 civilians, 255 of whom died during the campaign, as well as three civilian Falkland Islanders.
A total of 649 Argentine military personnel died.
After weeks of intense fighting, the Argentine army surrendered on 14 June 1982, a date known as Liberation Day in the Falkland Islands and a national holiday.
A spokesman for the Falkland Islands government said: “The Falkland Islands are deeply grateful for the strong support that the UK Government continues to provide, acknowledging our right to self-determination and our choice to remain a UK Overseas Territory. Is.
“Today, the Falkland Islands are a forward-looking community with a strong sense of culture and heritage.”
Margaret Thatcher Day is celebrated every 10 January in the Falklands, the anniversary of the former prime minister’s first visit in 1983.
A street in the capital, Stanley, is named Thatcher Drive after him and there is a statue of him with the inscription: “They are few in number, but they have the right to live in peace, to choose their way of life. and loyalty.”
About 3,200 people live in the Falklands, with locally elected politicians responsible for all matters other than defense and foreign affairs.
The Falkland Islands government emphasizes that it provides funding for its activities without recourse to UK taxpayers, and provides opportunities for the UK Armed Forces as well as UK companies to participate in major capital projects. provides a basis for
A legacy of the 1982 war was the vast minefield, with the last of about 13,000 mines being completely cleared in October 2020.
Speaking at the ceremony to reclaim the fenced-off beaches around Stanley, Member of the Legislative Assembly Leona Roberts said: “The Falkland Islands are known for our wonderful physical landscape – our endless horizons, our outdoor spaces and But since 1982 that landscape has been scorched by the gruesome legacy of war.
“We’ve had to teach our kids about the dangers of minefields and hope but don’t dare to dream of the day we’ll go mine-free.”
On 14 June, a special commemoration for 10,000 people will take place at Staffordshire’s National Memorial Arboretum, primarily focused on veterans and their families.
The veterans will be formally presented with the Freedom of the Falkland Islands by a link from Stanley during the ceremony.
Events ranging from services and celebrations to talks, exhibitions, conferences, receptions and competitions are being planned across the UK this year, including Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chorley, Coventry, Derby, Doncaster, Edinburgh, Fareham, Gosport, Hereford. , Hull, London Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton and Whitby.
Other events include a photographic exhibition at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, west London, an essay competition for UK students to win a trip to the Falklands and a series of Falkland-themed talks around the UK.
Phil Rendell, Chairman of the Falkland Islands Committee and former Member of the Legislative Assembly, said: “I know how important the 40th anniversary will be to many people, so we need to do everything we can to make sure we celebrate the occasion. With due respect, and pay tribute to the courage shown and the sacrifices made back in 1982.
“As a nation, we have come a long way over the past 40 years and it is fitting that we celebrate how, by exercising our freedom, we have built a prosperous and peaceful country – which not only survived But it is also done.
“We want to reach this milestone with optimism for the future. We now have a younger generation born after 1982, who understand how they have benefited from the bravery of others and carry on that legacy. will continue.”