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Lecture on Bermudians at war

An American professor will give a public lecture on efforts made to recognise the sacrifice of Bermudians in the aftermath of the Great War

Bruce Elliott, a frequent visitor to the island, will provide a talk entitled “The Place of the First World War in Bermuda Memorial Culture”.

The event has been organised by the Bermuda Historical Society and the Bermuda National Library and will take place at the National Library at 5.30pm on October 25.

“A cenotaph referencing Bermuda's imperial ties was commissioned, but annual ceremonies served as occasions to endow it with new layers of meaning, and the wish to preserve the names of the dead gave rise to monuments erected by subscription to the island's racially segregated wartime units,” Dr Elliott said.

“Only since the 1990s has Bermudian memorial culture shifted from colonial and imperial narratives to more inclusive and personal public commemoration, resulting in the dedication of a new and very different monument to both its veterans and its war dead.”

For more information contact Ellen Hollis at ejhollis@gov.bm or 299 0028.

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Published October 19, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated October 19, 2016 at 8:34 am)

Lecture on Bermudians at war

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