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Operation Pedestal: The 77th anniversary of ‘il-Konvoj ta’ Santa Marija’

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President
George Vella and Mrs Vella yesterday attended a commemorative service marking
the 77th anniversary of Operation Pedestal.

Representatives
from the Royal Navy Association (Malta Branch), Armed Forces of Malta (Maritime
Section), and relatives of the sailors who had been on duty for Operation
Pedestal were present, as well as dignitaries from the British High Commission
and US Embassy. Malta Emigrants’ Commission Monsignor Alfred Vella and
Chancellor of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral Reverend Simon Godfrey presided over the
commemorative service.

The President and Mrs Vella attend a commemorative service marking the 77th anniversary of Operation Pedestal (The Santa Marija Convoy of August 1942)

In his
address, President George Vella said how Operation Pedestal, or ‘il-Konvoj ta’
Santa Marija’, is probably one of the most decisive episodes in Malta’s recent
past. On this special day, the President continued, we remember and salute the
victims of Operation Pedestal and others who bravely gave their lives to
protect peace and stability in Europe and the Mediterranean.

This
Service, the President concluded, is also a celebration of the bravery and
determination of the Maltese population of the post-war period who, through
renewed sacrifices, rebuilt the country into a modern and peaceful nation, the
state we all can enjoy today.

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