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Portsmouth Cathedral hosts Falklands memorial service

Category: England

Published: 6th May 2012 11:18:50

A memorial service to remember those who died in the Falklands conflict is being held in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth's Anglican Cathedral is hosting the service followed by a parade of veterans and a beating the retreat at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Soldiers, sailors and air force personnel who served in the South Atlantic in 1982 are among the congregation.

A wreath will be laid at the Falklands Memorial at the Square Tower.

Canon Roger Devonshire will preach during the service. He served for 24 years as a naval chaplain and was on board HMS Hermes during the conflict.

He said: "It was one of the defining experiences of my life, without any shadow of a doubt. It made me rethink a lot of things about life and faith.

"I imagine when I preach in the cathedral, it will bring back memories of getting very close to people, the friendships I formed, and the questions I was asked.

"And when I think back to it now, I realise that whatever we went through, it was worse for the families back home, as they didn't know what was happening."

Following the service, the cathedral choir will sing at the Falklands Memorial, which lists the names of those from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Merchant Navy who gave their lives to defend the Falklands.

There will also be a salute of veterans from the South Atlantic.

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