Veteran and serving Royal Marines staged a reunion and memorial parade to mark the 30th anniversary of the re-taking of the Falkland Islands.
42 Commando Royal Marines staged the reunion of veterans of the conflict at their base in Bickleigh last Saturday.
More than 300 attendees included VIP guests and serving members of 42 Commando. The event included a parade of veterans of the conflict and a memorial service to those who did not return home. The service was held and wreaths laid at the unit’s memorial.
Other guests included family members and relatives of those who died in the Falklands. The event also staged a series of displays showcasing both Falklands era and current weapons and equipment.
A welcome address was given by Major General Nick Vaux (Falklands commanding officer of 42 Commando) and the current Commanding Officer of 42 Commando, Lieutenant Colonel Neil Sutherland. A parade with the salute taken by Major General Julian Thompson ( the commanding officer of 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands) was followed by the march-past and wreath-laying in the memorial garden which was created through fund raising by the unit.