Remembrance Day in Bermuda
The 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month. Bermuda takes today very seriously and the day is a national holiday with shops and businesses closed to remember those that were lost. The island lost 125 brave men and women during the World Wars fighting overseas on behalf of the Brits, Americans and Canadians protecting the freedom of those back home on a 21 sq. mile island in the middle of the Atlantic.
Also during those bleak years the Home Guard were joined by Bermudians in Royal Naval Dockyard who kept the Atlantic supply lines open, ensuring the British and Americans received essential supplies.
At 11am today guns are fired at Fort Hamilton and Ordnance Island in St. George’s, to signal the two-minute silence and a parade by over 180 veterans is held in Hamilton ending with wreaths being laid at the Cenotaph on Front Street (photo).
I am grateful for having today off work but I know it could have been so very different if it wasn’t for those that gave their lives to allow us to live ours. It is a shame other countries don’t consider today worthy of a national holiday as it should bring generations and cultures together more than any religious holidays.
“If ye break faith with us who die, we will not sleep, though poppies grow in Flander’s fields.”