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Remembrance Day ceremonies scaled back due to pandemic

Remembrance Day (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Observances to mark the end of “the war to end all wars” will be scaled down and closed to the public this year.

Tomorrow’s Remembrance Day ceremony will start at 10.30am with the laying of the wreaths taking place in front of the Cenotaph on the Cabinet Office grounds.

The Governor, Rena Lalgie, and David Burt, the Premier, will be among the officials participating in the annual ceremony.

The Royal Bermuda Regiment will support the observance with a Guard on parade and the RBR’s Regiment Band and Corps of Drums will perform in a seated and static position during the ceremony.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no public admission to the Cabinet Office grounds this year for safety reasons.

Street closures will also be in effect during the ceremony.

Members of the public can watch the ceremony live on the Government’s Facebook page, as well as on CITV’s YouTube channel, WOW channel 102 or OneComm channel 2.

Last year’s Remembrance Day observances can also be watched here.

Ms Lalgie will earlier attend a wreath-laying ceremony held by the Bermuda Sea Cadets at a memorial to the HMS Jervis Bay in Albouy’s Point, Hamilton.

Jervis Bay was an armed merchant ship that was the sole escort of a convoy that left Bermuda during the Second World War and was sunk, along with most of her crew, in November 1940 while battling the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer near Iceland.

The ship’s captain, Edward Fegen, was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross because his actions in taking on the vastly better armed German vessel enabled most of the convoy to scatter and escape.

The ceremony will take place at 9am and has been granted a large group exemption for 40 people as a SafeKey private SafeKey event.

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Published November 10, 2021 at 3:58 pm (Updated November 10, 2021 at 3:58 pm)

Remembrance Day ceremonies scaled back due to pandemic

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