WEDS. NOV. 10: A memorial dedicated to the men and women who fought in both World Wars has been completed.

Derrick Burgess, Public Works Minister, made the announcement today and said a date would be set for the official dedication.

This is the only memorial in Bermuda to bear the names of all the men and women from the island who served in World War I and World War II.

A Government statement said: “More Bermudians per capita than any other country in the world volunteered to serve in the First and Second World War.

“They served in many of the great battles of both wars, including the Battle of the Somme in France, which lasted for six months and claimed nearly a million lives.”

Minister Burgess said: “I would like to thank all the people who have dedicated themselves to this project to ensure we honour every single one of the men and women who served in the two World Wars.

“I would especially like to thank Carol Everson for her tireless dedication in researching and verifying every name.

“She has done a yeoman’s job and without her this project would not have been completed.

“And, of course, I honour the men and women who served in the great wars and those who gave their lives in service to their country.”

The memorial features the names of about 3,000 Bermudian men and women who served in the two World Wars.

They are inscribed on seven black granite slabs. A diamond emblem in gold leaf beside a name indicates the serviceman or servicewoman is on the roll of honour and lost their life in wartime service.
 The fountain in front of the memorial is made of a granite base and a pink granite ball, which is the same stone used in the Anglican Cathedral in Hamilton.