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Argentina: Mourners honour Falklands War victims on Malvinas Day02:12

Argentina: Mourners honour Falklands War victims on Malvinas Day

Argentina, Buenos Aires
April 2, 2019 at 08:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Veterans and their families paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1982 Falklands War, known to Argentines as the Malvinas, on the 37th anniversary of the start of the conflict, in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

Those gathered at the Monument to the Fallen in Malvinas in Plaza San Martin held a candlelit vigil to recognise the 649 Argentines who died in the service to their country.

As every year, war veterans reiterated claims of sovereignty over the islands. One veteran said, "The Malvinas cause is the national cause. We regained hold of Malvinas; we regained hold of our islands almost 150 years after the English usurpation."

He went on to say that "it has been already 37 years, but for all the war veterans it feels like the Malvinas War was yesterday."

Malvinas Day or officially Day of the Veterans and Fallen of the Falklands War, celebrated annually on April 2, was first introduced in 2000. Some 649 Argentinians, 633 military and 16 civilian, lost their lives during the conflict between Argentina and the UK for the Malvinas or Falkland Islands.

Argentina: Mourners honour Falklands War victims on Malvinas Day02:12
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Veterans and their families paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1982 Falklands War, known to Argentines as the Malvinas, on the 37th anniversary of the start of the conflict, in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

Those gathered at the Monument to the Fallen in Malvinas in Plaza San Martin held a candlelit vigil to recognise the 649 Argentines who died in the service to their country.

As every year, war veterans reiterated claims of sovereignty over the islands. One veteran said, "The Malvinas cause is the national cause. We regained hold of Malvinas; we regained hold of our islands almost 150 years after the English usurpation."

He went on to say that "it has been already 37 years, but for all the war veterans it feels like the Malvinas War was yesterday."

Malvinas Day or officially Day of the Veterans and Fallen of the Falklands War, celebrated annually on April 2, was first introduced in 2000. Some 649 Argentinians, 633 military and 16 civilian, lost their lives during the conflict between Argentina and the UK for the Malvinas or Falkland Islands.