A parade for Veterans with a minutes silence to be observed at 1100. Unveiling of the enhanced Falklands Memorial including memorial benches. Granting of The Freedom of the City.
The RNA will host a Memorial Service with refreshments in Portsmouth Cathedral on completion of the parade.
Details are as follows.
09:00 Veteran’s, Band and Standard Bearers muster and fall in near former Ben Ainslie building. Plus VIP’s arrive at Square Tower. All accompanying family members/guests are to join the crowds along the Parade route.10:20 Parade Commander and Platoon Leaders march off the Parade
10:23 Turn left onto Broad St
10:45 Halt in front of Falklands Memorial – at this stage the veteran’s will be formed up in platoons – VIPs leave Square Tower and assemble. VIP.s exit Square Tower and form up at adjacent to the Falklands flagpole
10:59 Last Post sounded
11:00 Field gun fired for 2 minutes silence
11:02 Reveille sounded
11:04 The unveiling of new Falklands memorial by the senior VIP short speech followed by a blessing/dedication from the Dean of Portsmouth/Chaplain of the Fleet
11:10 Formal wreath laying
11:15 Presentation with Freedom Scroll and speeches to: Falklands Veterans, Royal Naval Association, Royal Marines Association
11:30 Announcement of Twinning agreement with the Falkland Islands
11:35 VIPs move to Grand Parade. Senior (possible Royal) to take the salute
11:40 Veteran’s march along Battery Row and salute senior VIP who will standing adjacent to Lord Nelson statue on a dais
11:45 Veteran’s march around Grand Parade to the High Street where they will fall out and go into the cathedral for a memorial service
11:45 VIPs to cathedral via High St. Cathedral Service. St Thomas’s Cathedral will hold a short service at midday. At Close of Service- Refreshments to be made available at the Cathedral.