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Hundreds gathered along Front Street this morning before the Cenotaph monument, in tribute to Bermuda's war dead and surviving veterans.

Remembrance Day 2011 also saw the laying of wreaths at the Island's new war memorial, where the names of men and women who served are inscribed together in gold.

Winds were still strong in the aftermath of last night's storm, but the occasional squall failed to dampen the occasion.

A crowd assembled in front of the Customs building broke into applause as Bermuda's veterans marched down Front Street to take position before the Cenotaph.

Premier Paula Cox, Hamilton Mayor Charles Gosling, members of Cabinet and other dignitaries took their places shortly before the arrival of Governor Sir Richard Gozney, who saluted veterans and then inspected the ranks.

At 11am, the boom of a gun signified two minutes' silence in honour of the glorious dead.

A light rain fell as Sir Richard placed a poppy wreath before the Cenotaph, followed by Ms Cox, Mr Gosling and Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier.

Barbara Richardson of the Caribbean Regiment First Battalion rose from her wheelchair to place a wreath, and Leading Air Craftsman Phillip Lamb of the Royal Air Force represented the Bermuda Militia Artillery.

Other wreaths were placed for the Bermuda War Veterans Association, the Bermuda Regiment, and the Police and Fire Service.

The crowd broke into applause as the veterans turned and filed away for the dismissal of the ceremony.

As families and veterans gathered before the roster of names at the nearby memorial, Ivan Whitney Tucker, 93, sought his own name while family stood by.

It was the first Remembrance Day for the memorial, completed in December of last year.

Asked how he had spent the war, Mr Tucker replied: “I was here, in the navy, in the home guard. I was saving Bermuda.”

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Published November 11, 2011 at 11:00 am (Updated November 11, 2011 at 11:55 am)

Crowds brave weather for Remembrance Day Parade

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