‘A time to appreciate our Island’s treasures’
Premier Michael Dunkley enjoyed his first Bermuda Day Parade as leader of the country yesterday, watching events from the vantage point of a VIP enclosure near the flagpole on Front Street.
Dressed casually in polo shirt and chinos, and sporting sunglasses and a baseball cap, Mr Dunkley was flanked by wife Pamela, and Governor George Fergusson and his wife, Margaret.
Earlier, Mr Dunkley described the Bermuda Day holiday as “that one very special day of the year when we come together to celebrate our heritage and each other”.
“It's also a day where we participate in the numerous Bermuda Day activities, such as supporting the runners, dancing with the Gombeys at the Bermuda Day Parade, or even taking our first swim of the year,” he said in a statement.
“It's a day to enjoy family and friends and a day to just simply immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of our culture.
“Bermuda is an Island built upon a strong foundation of lasting traditions of which we can be proud, and this year's theme, Bermuda's Historical Treasures, is very fitting, as it gives us cause to celebrate the unique aspects of our culture.
“I have come to realise over my lifetime that Bermudians are a tremendously resilient and strong people. Whatever challenges we've encountered during our history, whether it's social, economic or political, as a people, history has demonstrated that we always find solutions to overcome our difficulties.
“As we pause to celebrate Bermuda Day, it is my hope that we take some time to reflect on how unique and special this country is. As we look ahead we must endeavour to uphold our traditions for future generations, teaching and instilling in our children the importance of sustaining our heritage.
“So on this Bermuda Day, whether you are dancing in the streets, enjoying the beach, or spending the day with family and friends, I want to encourage you to truly appreciate the treasures of Bermuda and above all, appreciate one another as Bermudians.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda, I want to take this opportunity to extend you best wishes and trust that you will have a safe and fun-filled Bermuda Day.”