*Photos by Kageaki Smith
*Photos by Kageaki Smith

THURSDAY,  NOV.11: Hundreds of spectators turned out to honour the island’s veterans at the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony today.

The parade took place along Front Street close to the Cabinet Office grounds and was well attended by many dignitaries including politicians, religious leaders, police officers and senior civil servants.

The Bermuda Regiment stood guard both on the Cabinet lawn and out on Front Street as the band played music, under sunny skies. They were joined by a dozen war veterans who gamely stood for the entire ceremony.

In addition to the Regiment Band, The Island Pipe Band also performed.

The ceremony began with the arrival of the Governor, Sir Richard Gozney who inspected the war veterans.

He and his wife Lady Gozney were escorted by a Police motorcade.

Premier Paula Cox, along with Opposition Leader Kim Swan, joined Sir Richard in laying wreaths at the Cenotaph in honour of the veterans.

The ceremony was filled with prayer and song for those, alive and dead, who fought for Bermuda.

After the ceremony, Ms Cox said: “It’s remembering those who have sacrificed for us. It always brings an outpouring of emotion when you see veterans who are here come rain, blow or shine, to remember their sacrifice. 

“You look at them and they may not be as strong, yet you still see the commitment and courage.

“What’s nice is that people come out to salute. These are some of the things that help bind the community. It’s a special day.”

Ms Cox then visited the new war memorial on the southern end of the Cabinet grounds, with Deputy Premier Derrick Burgess and members of her Cabinet.

Ms Cox and Mr. Burgess both laid a bouquet of poppies.

Lisabet Outerbridge brought her seven-year-old son Ethan to the ceremony for the first time.

She said: “I feel like people are here because the history needs to be kept alive and our children are the ones to keep it alive.”

Ethan said he was looking forward to the Regiment band.

Another spectator, Gordon Gibbons said: “My mother’s brother died in World War Two and also my uncle was a pilot for the RAF (Royal Air Force).

“And I was in the army, so I am here to honour all of those who died for us. I try to come each year and I also attend the one at Victoria Park first, for our veterans who died.”

Joining the Regiment were cadets as well as police officers.

The heat caused one girl to faint and a cadet to need assistance getting off the lawn by other soldiers.