MEMBERS OF 2 PARA COMPLETE TAB TO STANLEY
By J. Brock (FINN)
Recreating the 1982 tab, members of 2 Para entered Stanley on Thursday afternoon. Braving weather that had been kind and sometimes unkind, the men braved the conditions and completed the task that colleagues did during Operation Corporate.
There was a re-enactment of the service held at the end of the conflict at Christ Church Cathedral, where Padre Andrew Wakeham-Dawson, the Armed Forces Chaplain, took the service just as Padre David Cooper of 2 Para did on the 15th of June 1982.
Padre Andrew Wakeham-Dawson spoke during the service. Saying that over the last few days members of 2 Para had re-enacted a tab made by 3 Commando Brigade from San Carlos to Stanley. He called it an historic occasion.
Major Cyrus Griffin, Officer Commanding “D” Company 2 Para congratulated the team headed by Cpl Lawson Hendry as well as guests that came along with the soldiers on the tab. He then pointed out the standard and battle honours of 2 Para in the Cathedral. “We will try and uphold that ethos at all times so that we know that those veterans that went before us can look down on us and show the same pride in what we do as what they did,” he said.
He then recalled how 2 Para were the first into Stanley before they were stopped from entering en masse by a British helicopter landing in the road before them.
Congratulations to Cpl Hendry and his team of Military and guest hikers for a job well done.