THURSDAY, DEC. 2: The public is invited to attend the dedication of the new war memorial next Sunday. The ceremony is to take place in the Cabinet Office grounds at 9:30am.

Governor Sir Richard Gozney, Premier Paula Cox, and Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Works Derrick Burgess will be among the dignitaries attending. Veterans’ families will also be present.

The war memorial was built earlier this year by the Ministry of Public Works. A public appeal and a ‘No Soldier Left Behind’ campaign led by Carol Everson resulted in the names of more than 2,500 soldiers being carved into the memorial.

The men served in the First and Second World Wars.

It is thought more Bermuda residents per capita than any other country in the world served in the First World War. The Government of the time promised a war memorial would be built in the Cabinet Office grounds.

A foundation stone was laid in 1920 by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII. The memorial, however, was not built until 2010.

After the Second World War, the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps (BVRC) did have a war memorial constructed in Victoria Park, Hamilton.

Bermuda’s military units were racially segregated at the time of the World Wars, with black veterans generally receiving far less recognition than their white counterparts.

Records of the veterans were also poorly kept over the years, resulting in returning soldiers not receiving pensions and benefits.

In 2007 the Government amended the Pensions and Gratuities (War Service) Act 1947, enabling black veterans and their widows to receive their benefits. These include free hospital treatment, respite and palliative care, a monthly pension and a funeral grant.