Events planned to mark 40th anniversary of the Falklands War


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.

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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