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Bermuda marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe today with a low key ceremony at Warwick Camp.

John Rankin, the Governor, and Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, took part in the VE-Day event, held under strict social distancing conditions.

Mr Rankin said: “Current circumstances mean that we cannot mark the event with a parade or a large ceremony.

“But it is right that we take this opportunity to remember the service that Bermudians, and indeed the island of Bermuda, gave in the Second World War.

“Today we remember the 35 Bermudians who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Second World War, helping to secure the peace and freedoms which we can enjoy today.

“We also pay tribute to the island's war veterans and indeed to all the men and women of the Royal Bermuda Regiment who continue to serve this island so well.”

Mr Caines added that Bermudians served at home and overseas in the Second World War and highlighted the service of the Bermuda Militia Artillery, the Bermuda Militia infantry, the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps and the Bermuda Volunteer Engineers.

He said: “They have a proud record and a long history of military and war involvement.

“Against the backdrop of what the world is collectively facing with Covid-19, and as Bermuda joins other countries in recognising VE-Day, let's not only remember those who served 75 years ago also those who are currently on our front lines fighting to keep us safe — including our RBR soldiers.

“Now more than ever, this observance provides an opportunity to salute the selfless spirit of all who have chosen to serve our country in all capacities and we are proud of their contribution.”

Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers recognise VE-Day at Warwick Camp (Photograph supplied)
Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, addresses the Royal Bermuda Regiment on VE-Day at Warwick Camp (Photograph supplied)
John Rankin, the Governor, addresses the Royal Bermuda Regiment on VE-Day at Warwick Camp (Photograph supplied)

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Published May 08, 2020 at 4:57 pm (Updated May 09, 2020 at 8:33 am)

VE-Day commemoration at Warwick Camp

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