[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Every year Armed Forces day is celebrated to show support for the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community. This can include veterans, cadets and current serving troops and their families. Each year, on the last Saturday in June, Armed Forces Day takes place. This year it will take place on Saturday the 29th of June. The flag is raised on Monday 24th June on buildings and famous landmarks around the country. The National Event will be held in Salisbury this year, and in Scarborough in 2020 although local events happen all over the country to celebrate. Reserves Day also takes place on the 26th June. Each year, on this day, reservists wear their uniform in their regular civilian life. Reservists are often unrecognized so Reserves Day was created to highlight the valuable contribution the Reservists make to our Armed Forces. Armed Forces Day not only boosts morale for the troops, but allows the public to find out more about the forces. #SaluteOurForces is an easy way for anyone to pay tribute to the British Forces. The UK Armed Forces work around the world delivering aid, promoting peace, providing security and fighting terrorism. Will you be supporting Armed Forces Day? Find your local events here [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Formerly known as the Bermuda Regiment, the Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR) is the home defence unit of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. Originally two voluntary units: the Bermuda Militia Artillery (BMA) and the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps (BVRC), in 1965 the two were amalgamated. The regiment’s original manpower was about 400. The regiment now stands at approximately 600, with three rifle companies. After a review in the 1990s, the regiment’s establishment reduced to its present format; A Company: Second and third year soldiers Training Company: First ye ar soldiers Support Company: Boat Troop, Regimental Police, Signals, Guns/Assault Pioneers, Medicals and Motor Transport section. Quartermasters Company: Logistics and stores. Band Company: Music and Ceremonial. Training Wing The 420 men and women in the Regiment are mostly reserves. The members of the Royal Bermuda Regiment take a month out every year to serve their country. The Bermuda militia originally existed from 1612 to 1815 but ceased to exist after the American War of 1812 as it was seen as an unnecessary expense. For years the local government resisted pleas to restore the reserve, but it wasn’t until 1894 and 1895 that the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps and the Bermuda Militia Artillery were raised to allow the Regular Army component of the Bermuda Garrison to be reduced. Both units served through the two World Wars defending Bermuda and its many strategic assets. They were recognised as Territorial Army units between the World Wars and joined the Bermuda Volunteer Engineers in 1931 and the Bermuda Militia Infantry in 1939. The new Bermuda regiment’s stand of colours were presented in 1965 by Princess Margaret, who also later presented a second stand of colours to replace the first in 1990 to mark the regiment’s 25th anniversary. The Royal Bermuda Regiment is not entitled to inherit the battle honours of the units amalgamated into it. This means they cannot display the colours and are rarely mentioned. Today the Bermuda regiment is still tasked with supporting the civil police during emergencies, it has also had to adapt new roles such as disaster relief. On 1st September 2015 HM Queen Elizabeth II awarded the title ‘Royal’ to the regiment to mark the 50th anniversary of its formation. On average the regiment has been mobilized once every two years to assist in returning Bermuda back to normal after disasters that have hit the country. Wyedean supply the Bermuda Regiment with many of their uniform accoutrements. We have supplied their badges, berets, waist belts, and peak caps.