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Sunday, July 1, 2012

July 1 - Memorial Day in NL, as well as Canada Day

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians commemorate the hundreds of young men (including my own great-uncle Harry Butler) annihilated at the battle of Beaumont Hamel on July 1, 1916. Clicking on the link below will take you to an excellent interview by CBC with Professor Mark Humphries of Memorial University of Newfoundland in which he talks about the importance and impact of the event. I found the discussion of the dichotomy of having both Memorial Day and Canada Day on the same day to be particularly interesting. Click on the link to have a listen. Incidentally, the poor spelling and arbitrary capitalization in the written blurb on the web page are not indicative of the quality of the interview itself, thank goodness.

http://www.cbc.ca/wam/episodes/2012/07/01/wam-june30-july-1-dr-mark-humpries/

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