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Tribute to Welsh Guards 30 years after Falklands freed

The Assembly's Deputy Presiding Officer has laid a wreath at Bluff Cove Photo: National Assembly for Wales

Eight thousand miles from Wales, the Red Dragon flies at Fitzroy in the Falkland Islands. It overlooks Bluff Cove where 30 years ago the Argentine Air Force attacked the troopship Sir Galahad during the Falklands War. A missile hit the ship, killing 32 Welsh Guards and injuring many others.

The Welsh flag and the Welsh Guards memorial in the Falkland Islands Credit: National Assembly for Wales

Argentina surrendered less than a week after the attack and today is Liberation Day, the 30th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War. The Assembly's Deputy Presiding Officer, David Melding, is representing Wales at a ceremony in Port Stanley, following a visit to the Welsh Guards memorial.

In 1982 I was a student at Cardiff University and remember vividly the impact that the Falklands conflict had on me and my fellow students. It was the first major overseas conflict that Britain had been involved in during our lifetimes. Many of the soldiers were the same age, and we soon found out that some of them would be called upon to make the supreme sacrifice in defence of the Falklands.

That sacrifice included the 32 Welsh Guards who lost their lives at Bluff Cove. The Argentine Junta inflicted appalling misery on the Argentine people and would have done so to the people of the Falklands. The British Task Force dealt a swift and significant blow for freedom and democracy, and we should never forget those who made the supreme sacrifice in defence of freedom.

– Assembly Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding AM
David Melding lays a wreath at the Welsh Guards memorial Credit: National Assembly for Wales