New memorial to commemorate anniversary of Task Force Landings on the Falkland Islands

A new Falklands Memorial will be unveiled today at the National Memorial Arboretum in front of 600 veterans and family members.
A new memorial will be put in place today Photo: ITV Central

A new Falklands Memorial will be unveiled today at the National Memorial Arboretum in front of 600 veterans and family members.

A special service of dedication will take place, which will also commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Task Force Landings on the Falkland Islands, where 255 UK servicemen and merchant seamen gave their lives in the Falklands Conflict.

The Falklands Memorial was initiated by The South Atlantic Medal Association 1982 to honour the Task Force.

It is intended to create a restful space for contemplation by visitors, visually it has a seven foot high curved wall of stone facing a rock from the Falklands.

Today's service will feature a Vulcan fly past and a march off of Standards accompanied by The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, Portsmouth.

The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities and is home to more than 200 memorials devoted to those who have served, sacrificed or suffered.