A flag of the Falkland Islands flies in the UK.
A flag of the Falkland Islands flies in the UK.
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RBL releases plans for Falklands conflict commemoration

The Royal British Legion has revealed its schedule for events in 2022.

A flag of the Falkland Islands flies in the UK.
A flag of the Falkland Islands flies in the UK.

Ten thousand veterans, civilians and bereaved families have been invited by the Royal British Legion (RBL), to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Plans for 14 June 2022 have been released by the forces charity, to mark 40 years since the end of the conflict.

RBL commemorations, highlighting the range of military and civilian involvement in all aspects of the Falklands campaign, will begin in April and culminate in the day’s event.

The morning of 14 June will be led by military units, guests given the chance to visit their respective memorials at the Arboretum and join in with Regimental activities.

A secular ceremony hosted by the RBL will follow in the afternoon and include a live link up to a corresponding ceremony taking place at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Stanley Cemetery in the Falkland Islands.

Watch: The Falklands War explained in three minutes.

The Falklands War started on 2 April 1982 and lasted 74 days.

It marked the first time since the Second World War in which all elements of the Armed Forces were utilised.

Two hundred and twenty-five British personnel lost their lives and seven ships were lost.

to enemy action, nine aircraft were shot down, and 255 British personnel lost their lives, and their names are inscribed on the Armed Forces Memorial at the Arboretum.

The Royal British Legion’s Assistant Director of Commemorative Events, Bob Gamble, said a "programme of activities will honour and remember" the service of "30,000 sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen and merchant mariners".

"There are veterans of the Falklands War who still struggle with physical and mental scars from the campaign, and some have faced life challenges or hardships since then," he added.

"As we mark the centenary of the RBL this year, we remain committed to ensuring that service and sacrifice in more recent conflict is recognised and all generations of the Armed Forces community know the RBL is here to support them, for life."

The RBL is urging those interested in attending the event next June to contact their respective Regimental or Service Association.