Falklands : SUNNY REMEMBRANCE FOR LIBERATION 31
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 22.06.2013 (Article Archived on 20.07.2013)
Bright sunshine rising on the 31st anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands from Argentinean occupation in 1982 contrasted the wet snow that was blown about last year for the big Liberation 30.
SUNNY REMEMBRANCE FOR LIBERATION 31
J. Brock (FINN)
Bright sunshine rising on the 31st
anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands from Argentinean
occupation in 1982 contrasted the wet snow that was blown about last year for
the big Liberation 30. At 9.45 am Christ
Church Cathedral was full as the National Anthem played and Rev Dr Richard
Hines began the Liberation Service with words of welcome. His Excellency the Governor, Members of the
Legislative Assembly together with the Chief of Staff attended and participated
in the service.
Prayers were said by Monsignor
Michael B McPartland of St Mary’s Catholic Church, Armed Forces Chaplain,
Squadron Leader the Rev Richard Clement RAF, Jackie Earnshaw of the Tabernacle
Free Church and Rev Dr Hines, who also read the Greeting.
Bidding prayers were said by The
Chief of Staff, Group Captain Stephen Ward OBE RAF and the Introduction was
said by Squadron Leader the Rev Richard Clement and the Hymn “All People That
on Earth Do Dwell” was sung.
The First Reading, Deuteronomy
30:15-19 wad read by Tomisha Courtney.
Her reading was followed by the Hymn, “Dear Lord and Father of
Mankind.” The Second reading, James
4:13-16 was read by a 1982 Visiting Veteran.
Jackie Earnshaw and Monsignor
McPartland said prayers that were followed by the third Reading by H. E. the
Governor Mr Nigel Haywood from John 15: 9-17. Hymn, “O God Our Help in Ages
Past,” was followed by the sermon which was delivered by Rev Dr Richard
He recalled Patrick Watts’ Invasion
Morning radio broadcast and remembered the Exhibition on the 1982 War at St
Mary’s Parish Hall, exerts from Graham Bound’s Diary and remembrances from Fox
Bay. He went on to remember the terrible
cost of our liberation. He called our
liberty precious and challenged all in authority to govern to continue to
develop leadership in prosperity and justice.
Liberty is a treasure that needed to be identified by the Falklands way
of life and the willingness to receive help if you are in need as we are all in
this together. He advocated reading the
Bible to help on through difficult times.
“Lead Us Father Into Freedom” was
the hymn following the sermon. Rev Dr
Hines dismissed the gathering with a final blessing.
Marching troops consisting of
Royal Navy, Falkland Islands Defence Force, Army, and Royal Air Force, Royal
British Legion Royal Naval Association, Royal British Legion and Royal Marines
Association, as well as Youth Groups and Veterans from 1982 made their way to
the Liberation Monument.
At 11.00 am the traditional
ceremony was held at the Liberation Monument in front of the Secretariat
building. After prayers His Excellency
the Governor laid a wreath. Wreaths were also laid by a Member of the
Legislative Assembly, the Chief of Staff, Veteran associations, and by
relatives and others wishing to do so.
A huge crowd of community members
attend. After the ceremony a public
reception hosted by the Falkland Islands Government, was held in the Town