Chairman of Veterans' Association pays his respects to fallen of Falklands War
SKELMERSDALE Veterans' Association chairman, Alan Lewis has paid his respects to the fallen of the Falklands War by visiting a memorial in Argentina.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the conflict which lasted for 74 days from April 2 to June 14, 1982 and claimed the lives of 255 British and 649 Argentine military personnel.
Alan lost his colleague and friend, Lance Coporal Raymond Armstrong in a Sea King helicopter crash during the war.
A former member of the Royal Green Jackets 1st battalion, Raymond joined the SAS in 1980 and was lost at sea.
Alan Lewis laid a poppy cross in memory of his colleague and other veterans who gave their life at the Falklands memorial in Buenos Aires, which is guarded round the clock by the Argentine navy.
He said: “It is important that we pay our respects to the British fallen heroes who lost their lives for Queen and country. It was more poignant this year as it was the 35th anniversary of the campaign. It is also important we remember all those people who gave from both sides.
“The Royal British Legion has asked the nation to re-think Remembrance and consider sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too.
“For many people Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the first and second world wars and while we will always remember them, the legion wants to raise awareness of a new generation of fallen veterans.”
Skelmersdale Veterans' Association invite any serving and former members of the forces, male and female, to join them at their monthly meetings at the Hare and Hounds Pub, in Up Holland on the second Sunday of the month starting at 2 pm.