Falklands 1982

42 Commando Royal Marines veterans remember and honour the fallen

Hundreds of Falklands veterans who served with 42 Commando Royal Marines gathered at the commando unit's base in Bickleigh to reflect on their part in the conflict. 

The event marked the Battle for Mount Harriet, where the Royal Marines fought an assault into the night on 11 June and 12 June 1982. 

A 40th anniversary commemorative coin was presented to each veteran at the event on Saturday, as family and friends watched on, before a parade was held down to the memorial garden at the barracks.

There were with hymns, prayers and time for reflection at a service held to remember the fallen as a wreath was laid to symbolise the brevity of life – and to commemorate the brave.

Royal Marines past and present joined together for the anniversary of the battle.

For many, the Falklands conflict is etched in their minds, a momentous moment in time, never to be forgotten.

42 Commando Royal Marines Falklands Ceremony Veterans (Picture: BFBS).
42 Commando Royal Marines veterans gather at the ceremony.

Lieutenant Colonel James Lewis, Commanding Officer, 42 Commando Royal Marines, said: "We are a family, family together in the green beret, and there are so many of us who draw our connections and routes across this family of the green lid.  

"Yes, it's a family and that is what today has been about, it's been about having family back to catch up and remember the things they did and the people who are gone."

42 Commando Royal Marines Falklands Ceremony Lt Col James Lewis and Maj Gen Retired Nick Vaux Former Commander 42 Commando Royal Marines (Picture: BFBS).
Commanding Officer, 42 Commando Royal Marines, Lt Col James Lewis and former commander, Maj Gen (Ret'd) Nick Vaux.

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