Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has paid tribute to veterans of the Falklands conflict ahead of commemorations in the UK and Stanley today.
In an address released by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Mr Wallace reflected on the "sacrifice" and the "amazing achievement" of the UK's Armed Forces.
He reflected that they were often done "against the odds and in adverse conditions".
"That's what makes Britons great – what makes our Armed Forces great: that not only do we stand up for what we believe, but also the professionalism that makes it one of the best Armed Forces in the world," the Defence Secretary said.
"So I want to say 'thank you' to those veterans, 'thank you' to the Falkland Islands, and 'thank you' to all of those who took the political courage to send our forces to do the right thing in 1982."
On this day in 1982, the Falklands conflict came to an end after 74 days of occupation.
Britain successfully defended the Falkland Islands from Argentina's attempt to reclaim them by force.
Two hundred and fifty-five British personnel and three Falkland islanders lost their lives during the conflict.
Members of the Armed Forces are joining veterans and ministers at the National Memorial Arboretum to pay tribute to those who died defending the Falkland Islands 40 years ago.