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Falklands 40th Anniversary – Freedom Of The City, Portsmouth



On Sunday 19th June, the Association of Wrens is being granted the Freedom of the City of Portsmouth during the Falklands 40 Commemorations.

This event is open to ALL members of the AOW and Women of the Royal Naval Services, not just local Portsmouth ladies.

It comprises a short march to the Falklands Memorial for a memorial service then another short march to Portsmouth Cathedral for a short service, followed by refreshments.

Rough timings for the day are:

0930 – Veterans and Standard Bearers muster near the Ben Ainslie Building. The Parade Commander takes charge

1020 – March off to the Falklands Memorial and form up

1059 – Last Post

1100 – Field Gun fired for 2 minutes Silence

1102 Reveille

1104 – Unveiling of the new Falklands Memorial, blessing and dedication from the Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral/Chaplain of the Fleet

1110 – Formal Wreath laying

1115 – Presentation of freedom scrolls to the Falklands Veterans, RNA, RMA and the AOW

1130 – Announcement of Twinning agreement with the Falkland Islands

1135 – VIP’s move to Grand Parade, salute to be taken by VVIP

1140 – Veterans march along Battery Row and salute VVIP

1145 – Veterans march around Grand Parade to the High Street to be dismissed and go to the Cathedral, joined by VIP’s.

A short service fill be taken and then refreshments will be provided on close of the Service.

Anyone that would like to take part, please forward your details to AOW Head Office, by Friday 6 May.