• The following statement was released by Premier David Burt on Bermuda Day 2019

The highlight of the Spring calendar is Bermuda Day. For some it remains the official start of the summer and culminates in that first jump overboard. Bermudians have united around traditions of the Day that include the Half-marathon and of course the colourful parade in Hamilton. At the heart of our diverse cultural backgrounds is the unity this day should bring. Bermuda Day can be more than the events and celebrations, it can inspire us to take pride in our Island home and to celebrate what we do well while committing to working together to make things better for the very same children who we applaud running, cycling or marching on Bermuda Day.

Led by the immaculate Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Bermuda Regiment and the exciting, rhythmic beat of our Gombeys, this year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bermuda Day Parade. The 2019 theme, Bermudian Excellence speaks to the tremendous talent that we have in Bermuda. From the outstanding craftsmanship displayed in our floats, to the extraordinary energy of the performers and the dedication of the many spectators who spend the entire day enthusiastically cheering on marathon runners and parade participants.

This year’s Honorees reflect that Bermudian excellence. These men and women demonstrate the best of Bermuda and their enormous personal sacrifices are testaments to who we are as Bermudians. As we salute them, their diverse paths in life have been marked by international acclaim but Bermuda has always been in their hearts.

I am a great fan of Bermuda Day and look forward to watching the parade and the runners; mingling on the sidewalks with the community of spectators, and enjoying the warm and genuine hospitality that is abundant wherever I visit. May 24th is a special occasion for Bermuda, and my family and I look forward to being a part of this wonderful tribute to our heritage.

On behalf of the Government of Bermuda, I wish everyone a Happy Bermuda Day. Have a happy and safe holiday.