The Medway Labour and Co-operative Group this week called on Medway Council to make plans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands.
Cllr Mark Prenter, Labour and Co-op Councillor for Twydall, said:
“The Chatham Dockyard played an important part in the conflict and many of our residents, including a member of my own family, are veterans of this war. As it will soon be 40 years since the start of this conflict, we think it’s important that the Council begins preparations to mark this important anniversary.
“Many current Royal Dockyards and civilian dockyards have unveiled plaques commemorating efforts that those dockyards made in the preparation of the fleet. At this 40-year anniversary, Chatham Historic Dockyard should follow in their footsteps. We also call for formal recognition of those who worked at the Dockyard in 1982.”
Cllr Alex Paterson, Medway Labour and Co-op Group’s Armed Forces Champion, added:
“Almost four decades ago the people of Medway and its armed forces were part of a national effort to defeat the fascist military junta of General Galtieri. It is right that we honour the contribution made by this proud community – including by those who made the ultimate sacrifice – in a fitting and meaningful way.”