RIMANEWS-The Falklands have marked 30 years since the end of the war with Argentina with a service at Liberation Monument.
It followed a service at Port Stanley's cathedral to mark the UK's liberation of the UK territory from Argentine occupation on 14 June 1982.
Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain's support for the islands would not waver "in the years ahead".
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has demanded talks on the islands' future through adverts in the UK press.
The anniversary of the liberation of the islands after 74 days of Argentine occupation was marked at a service of thanksgiving at Christ Church Cathedral in the Falklands capital.
Veterans of the 1982 war then led a military parade to the Liberation Monument for an act of remembrance.
The names of the 255 UK servicemen and three Falklands civilians who died in the war were recited at the monument. Wreaths were laid at the monument and the national anthem was played.
An estimated 650 Argentines were also killed during the conflict.
The BBC's defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt, in Port Stanley, said it was a day of high emotion for veterans who had come back to see the battlefields where many of their friends and comrades laid down their lives.
For islanders, it was a vital ceremony to mark their liberation and to express the undying gratitude they felt for the servicemen and women who came 8,000 miles to help them.
Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne attended the service in Port Stanley. He said it was "hard to convey" to the wider world "just how much this means to the Falkland Islanders".
"There are hundreds of people gathered here in what is frankly really freezing cold, inhospitable weather, and they are doing that because they are so grateful for what we achieved on their behalf 30 years ago," he added.
In his statement, Mr Cameron said the anniversary was "an opportunity to remember all those who lost their lives in the conflict and to look forward to what the future holds for the Falklands".
He paid tribute to the UK servicemen who "paid the ultimate price".
He said 10 generations of Falkland Islanders had strived to secure a prosperous future for their children and were succeeding "despite aggressive threats from over the water".
The prime minister concluded: "Just as we have stood up for the Falkland Islanders in the past, so we will in the future."
'Anachronistic colonial case'
In newspaper advertisements in British and international newspapers, President Fernandez said Argentina will address the United Nations Committee on Decolonisation in New York on Thursday "about an anachronistic colonial case in the South Atlantic".
She says the Royal Navy "expelled the Argentine legitimate authorities and population from the Malvinas Islands [as Argentina refers to the islands]" in 1833 and that Argentina has demanded their restitution ever since.
But she is likely to come face to face with some Falkland islanders, who have travelled to New York to insist on their right to self-determination.
The BBC's UN correspondent Barbara Plett said President Fernandez's appearance at the decolonisation committee would be unprecedented.
She said the president was using the symbolism of the war's anniversary to restate Argentina's case at the UN, where the majority backs Argentina's position on the islands.
On Tuesday, the Falklands government announced it would hold a referendum on its "political status".
It said it wanted to send a firm message to Argentina that islanders want to remain British.
The Falkland Islands, a rocky archipelago in the South Atlantic, are 7,780 miles from the UK and 1,140 miles from Buenos Aires.[ach/BBC]