Wreath for Bermudians laid at London ceremony
A representative of Bermuda laid a wreath on behalf of the country at a remembrance ceremony in Britain for the first time today.
Kimberley Durrant, the director of the government’s London office, took part in the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in the UK capital.
It was the first time representatives of inhabited British Overseas Territories and the three Crown Dependencies laid their own wreaths in recognition of contributions in both World Wars as well as other conflicts.
The act was performed by the Queen and the British foreign secretary in previous years.
John Rankin, the Governor, said: “Bermudians fought with Allied Forces in both World Wars and we rightly honour their contribution each year on Remembrance Day in Bermuda.
“I’m delighted that a representative of Bermuda has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in London in memory of those who helped to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.”
Government House said the change came “at an especially poignant time” as it was the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Sunday.
Other new wreaths were also included in the ceremony, including one from Nepal to honour the Gurkhas and by the foreign and home secretaries on behalf of the intelligence agencies.
David Burt, the Premier, said: “The recognition of the brave service of Bermudian men and women in the World Wars is a much welcomed addition to the London Service of Remembrance.”
Representatives also laid wreaths on behalf of Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, the Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Crown Dependencies were Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.
Bermuda’s Remembrance Day Parade will take place at the Cenotaph on Front Street from 10.30am tomorrow.
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