Falklands War remembered at National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum marked the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands war this Monday (2 April).

Falklands War Memorial - image: National Memorial Arboretum
Falklands War Memorial - image: National Memorial Arboretum
Reverend Vic Van Den Bergh, the arboretum’s honorary chaplain, led the service of remembrance at the Staffordshire memorial.

Some 255 British and 650 Argentine troops died after the UK sent a task force to the islands after Argentina’s invasion on 2 April 1982.

The anniversary comes amid renewed tension, as Argentina has reasserted its claim to the islands. A single candle will be lit as a gesture to mark the anniversary.

The National Memorial Arboretum was conceived as a living tribute to the war-time generations of the 20th century and planting began in 1997.

The site includes over 50,000 trees including an avenue of young chestnuts, golden stemmed ash and giant redwoods forming a living tribute.

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