On 14th June 2022, I was honoured as your Chairman, to represent all those whose partner or
family member died as a result of the Falklands war 40 years ago.

The service was held at the National Memorial Arboretum and was extremely moving and
reduced many to tears. Military personnel who had been in the war, or working in the UK to
equip those going to war and a military wife all wrote and read their own thoughts on the
deployment, the war and the return of the survivors. We had a 2 minute silence to
remember all of those who did not return. This was followed by children in the Falklands
talking about what it meant for them to still be British and they gave their thanks to all
those who were involved although of course they were far too young to have been there
but have been told stories by their parents, grandparents and teachers.

The fly past came a little too early and drowned out part of our Prime Ministers’ speech!
I won’t repeat any of the comments I overheard. The music was performed by the Welsh
Guards and was wonderful. I did see a few of our members there but I do realise that for
some it was just too hard to attend.

I took some photographs to share with you and I also visited our Rose Garden which is in full
bloom and looking splendid.

To everyone whose partner or family member died because of the Falklands War I want you
to know that we were all thinking of you at the service.


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