Havant MP ‘humbled’ during trip to the Falklands

Alan Mak at the 1982 Falkland Liberation Monument in Stanley
Alan Mak at the 1982 Falkland Liberation Monument in Stanley
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‘THE sacrifice of hundreds of British servicemen killed retaking the Falklands will never be forgotten’.

That’s the message given by Havant’s MP, Alan Mak after visiting the small island nation and paying tribute to the 255 British personnel killed defending it.

Although the Falklands is thousands of miles away, I was determined to honour the service and sacrifice of British personnel who defended our territory and gave their lives in the name of freedom and security

Alan Mak, Havant MP

His trip comes just weeks ahead of the 35th anniversary of the conflict later this year.

As well as laying a wreath to the fallen, the Tory MP had a chance to meet Sergeant Mark Gibbs, a Havant veteran who fought in the war.

Sgt Gibbs was making his first trip to the Falklands since the conflict.

Born in Havant, he was a 23-year-old Marine stationed on the island when the invasion began.

Speaking of meeting the veteran Marine, Mr Mak said: ‘Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines like Mark Gibbs from Havant were sent to the Falklands to do their duty so it’s a real honour – and very humbling – to make the same journey 35 years later.

‘As veterans retire and the fallen fade from memory, we must commemorate their bravery both locally and in the Falklands where 
they served with such distinction.’

He added: ‘Although the Falklands is thousands of miles away, I was determined to honour the service and sacrifice of British personnel who defended our territory and gave their lives in the name of freedom and security.’

The war began on April 2 1982 and ended on June 14.

During his visit, Mr Mak laid a wreath at the Liberation Monument in Stanley, the island’s capital, as well as meeting with diplomats and islanders.

He also visited a site of one of the key battles, Mount Tumbledown.