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A time capsule filled with soldiers’ memories was laid in place at Bermuda’s War Memorial yesterday.

The burial of the safe containing books, documents and DVDs, marked the completion of the monument on the grounds of Cabinet.

The job was a labour of love between the Bermuda Legion and the Department of Public Works, according to welfare case worker Carol Everson.

“The final part of the War Memorial is the placing of the time capsule in the ground to be recovered within 50 years’ time,” Ms Everson said.

The Memorial commemorates Bermudians who served in the First and Second World Wars.

Ms Everson thanked the Bermuda Archives for help in acquiring “diaries from the First World War, details of campaigns that Bermudian solders were involved in, and service records”.

Veteran Herbert Tatem, who penned the war memoir ‘As You Were’, stood by as the hole was dug beside the stone slabs bearing the names of Bermudians who served.

“It’s an honour to have my book among the troops, as it were,” the 90-year-old Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps (BVRC) veteran said.

Other works included Jennifer Hind’s ‘Defence not Defiance’, a history of the BVRC, and the military documentaries of Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Hollis.

Former Public Works Minister Derrick Burgess, who helped bring the Memorial to fruition, said he was “honoured” to see the project completed.

“I’m very proud of this, particularly for our war veterans,” Mr Burgess said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help, commitment and dedication of Ms Everson.”

The safe was buried beneath a concrete plinth and a granite inscription. It will be opened in November 2062 — 50 years after the Memorial’s dedication.

“We feel it’s very important to preserve the fantastic contributions of Bermuda’s men and women — what they stood for, and what they did,” Ms Everson said.

The Bermuda Legion supports all the Island’s war veterans and their widows.

War veteran Herbert Tatem, from the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps, watched as the time capsule which includes his memoir, was buried at the site of Bermuda’s War Memorial.
War veteran Herbert Tatem, 90, from the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps, poses with the time capsule at the War Memorial on cabinet grounds. The capsule includes Mr Herbert’s memoir ‘As You Were’ and is to remain buried for 50 years.
Burying the Past: Works and Engineering foreman Neil Robinson places the time capsule containing books, documents and DVDs, marking the completion of the War Memorial monument on the grounds of Cabinet yesterday. The Memorial contains the names of all Bermudians that served in both World Wars.

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Published May 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 09, 2013 at 11:08 pm)

War memories sealed into capsule for the next 50 years

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