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Falklands : 98th BATTLE OF THE FALKLANDS ANNIVERSARY REPORT
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 22.12.2012 (Article Archived on 05.01.2013)

A day of celebration arranged to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands was held on Saturday, 08 December 2012 in various locations to remember the six British sailors and 2,260 German sailors who lost their lives during the naval engagements on 08 December 1914.

98th BATTLE OF THE FALKLANDS ANNIVERSARY REPORT


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


 


A day of celebration arranged to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the Battle of the Falklands was held on Saturday, 08 December 2012 in various locations to remember the six British sailors and 2,260 German sailors who lost their lives during the naval engagements on 08 December 1914.


 


The customary church service began at 0945hrs at Christ Church Cathedral where Fr Peter Norris SFO of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church gave the homily.  He alluded to Jonah who was told to go to Nineveh but went in the opposite direction, only to be spewed up by the whale in the place he was supposed to be in the first place.  Fr Norris went on to say that Vice Adm Von Spee’s officers pleaded with him to go back to Germany as planned but lost his life as a result of his decision to invade the Falklands.  His point was that people really need to think their decisions through before making them and that we can apply this to our own future decisions.


 


Secondly Fr peter said that Jonah tried to hide from God, who was everywhere and it was God who spoke to the whale to bring Jonah back to his work as a prophet in Nineveh.  Jonah, like Von Spee, went after what was not his and he suffered for it along with his fleet.


 


The Standard of the Royal Naval Association was re-dedicated at the service.


 


After the church service there was a ceremony at the 1914 Battle Memorial where H.E. the Governor Mr Nigel Haywood inspected the parade that consisted of contingents from HMS Clyde, Mount Pleasant and the Falkland islands Defence Force.  The youth organisations were also present at the ceremony.  Members of legislative Assembly attended.  Wreaths were laid by H. E. the Governor Mr Nigel Haywood, Brig Bill Aldridge, CBSAI, Legislative Assembly, Royal British Legion and the various organisations.  After the fly past the parade formed up and marched past the Governor and Commander British Forces at the dais in front of Government House.

 

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