Relatives of war vets invited to march tomorrow

Relatives of people who served in the First and Second World Wars have been invited to march in tomorrow's Remembrance Day parade.

And two seniors have been invited to perform a special duty at the annual Remembrance Day services. Carol Everson, the caseworker for the Royal British Legion (RBL) in Bermuda says a separate unit for war veterans' families will be lead through the streets by an officer from the Bermuda Regiment.

"Anyone who is a relative or descendant of a World War veteran can take part," she said. "Participants are welcome to wear the medals or awards of the person they are representing.

  • <b>Remembrance Day,</b> 2004 on the Cabinet Grounds.

    Remembrance Day, 2004 on the Cabinet Grounds.

  • <b>Lillian Levon</b>

    Lillian Levon

  • <b>Calvin Ming Sr</b>

    Calvin Ming Sr


Relatives of people who served in the First and Second World Wars have been invited to march in tomorrow's Remembrance Day parade.

And two seniors have been invited to perform a special duty at the annual Remembrance Day services. Carol Everson, the caseworker for the Royal British Legion (RBL) in Bermuda says a separate unit for war veterans' families will be lead through the streets by an officer from the Bermuda Regiment.

"Anyone who is a relative or descendant of a World War veteran can take part," she said. "Participants are welcome to wear the medals or awards of the person they are representing.

"However, it is important to wear the decorations on the right arm rather than the left, the opposite side of a soldier."

The RBL is a registered charity that works to assist war veterans and their widows.

"The Royal British Legion Bermuda belongs to a worldwide organisation that can provide a wide range of assistance," said Ms Everson.

Some of the services provided by the Royal British Legion include assistance with medical bills, assistance with urgent loans and assistance with Christmas presents.

"In addition we are able to call upon the Royal British Legion's head office in London for larger capital funds and grants."

Those wishing to represent a family member in the parade are asked to meet at the Flag Pole on Front Street at 9.30 a.m. tomorrow.

At 11 a.m. two seniors will take part in the annual wreath laying ceremony Lillian Levon, 92, and Calvin Ming Snr, 86, have been invited by the Cabinet Office to join traditional wreath layers at the ceremony which honours those who fought and died for their country.

Mrs. Levon and Mr. Ming will join the Governor Sir Richard Gozney, the Premier Ewart Brown and other dignitaries in placing commemorative wreaths at the Cenotaph, on Front Street. The wreath laying ceremony takes places during the Remembrance Day services every year as a way of honouring those who died at war.

Mrs. Levon will represent her husband's unit, the Bermuda Militia Infantry (BMI).

She will also lay a wreath to honour her late husband, Joseph William Levon, who served Bermuda in both World Wars.

Mr and Mrs. Levon were married for 20 years and lived at Bailey's Bay, she says that she is honoured to participate in the Remembrance Day celebrations.

"I have not been able to go to the service in recent years because transport has been difficult," she said.

Mr. Calvin Ming Snr, a Second World War Two veteran, has also been selected by the Cabinet Office to participate in the event.

Representing his unit, the Bermuda Militia Artillery (BMA), Mr. Ming will lay a wreath to honour the other 105 Bermudians that volunteered to go to war through the BMA and BMI.

At age 19 Mr. Ming shipped out of Bermuda and spent several years fighting in Italy and North Africa.

"It is something that I will never forget," he said. "The hardships, the cold, the differences, the bad food. But we were trained to do what we had to do."

Although he is unable to march with his unit, Mr. Ming says that he looks forward to the Remembrance Day parade all year.

Remembrance Day has been held every year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month since November 11, 1919 to mark the one year anniversary of the first world war.

At 11 a.m. guns will be fired from Ordnance Island and Fort Hamilton to mark the beginning of two minutes of silence and the sounding of the "Last Post", a bugle call to honour the dead.

Along with Bermuda's war veterans, several units from the Bermuda Regiment, the Bermuda Police Service as well as various bands and organisations will march in the parade.

Wreaths will also be laid by the President of the War Veterans Association, the Chairman of the Defence Board, the Commanding Officer of the Bermuda Regiment, the Commissioner of Police and the Chief Fire Officer.

The Bermuda Sea Cadets will host a Remembrance Day service at the HMS Jervis Bay memorial at Albuoy's Point.

The service will take place at 9 a.m. tomorrow and will be one of a number of memorial events around the world to honour those who served on the HMS Jervis Bay, a 50,000 ton container ship that visited Bermuda during the war years before it was sunk as it confronted the superior firepower of a German warship in 1940 while escorting a convoy from Canada to the UK.

For more information about the parade unit for family members or about the Royal British Legion, contact Carol Everson at 533-4567 or email rbl.bermuda@hotmail.com">rbl.bermuda@hotmail.com

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