Unveiling of new Falklands memorial

Soldiers march during the 1982 Falklands Conflict

Veterans from the south will see the unveiling of a new memorial today to commemorate the 255 British servicemen who died in the Falklands War.

More than 600 veterans and their families are due to attend the National Memorial Arboretum for the event that comes 30 years after the British task force landings on the disputed South Atlantic Islands.

The service will end with a flypast of the UK's last airworthy Vulcan, which served in the islands.

It will be flown by Flight Lieutenant Martin Withers DFC - the pilot who led the Black Buck 1 raid on Port Stanley's runway.

The memorial has been built to honour the task force, remember the servicemen and merchant seamen who gave their lives in the conflict and inform visitors to the Staffordshire centre of remembrance about the historical event.

Incorporating a seven foot high curved wall of rugged Cotswold stone facing a rock from the Falklands, it has been built to reflect the Falklands' landscape and echoes the commemorative wall in San Carlos cemetery.

It also features two granite benches and a number of granite plaques, including one engraved with the names of three Falkland Islanders who lost their lives.

The service is being organised by The South Atlantic Medal Association 1982, a charity which supports veterans of the Falklands Conflict.

It will also include a pipe lament; a solo sung by the daughter of a major who died; a reading by a Falklands widow and a march off of standards.

Our reporter Richard Jones spoke to veterans three decades on from the conflict.

Mike Bowles, chairman of the South Atlantic Medal Association, explains the inspiration for the design of a new Falklands' memorial a the National Memorial Arboretum.