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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Canada Day is also a day of memorial in Newfoundland and Labrador

Today, July 1st is Canada Day. Here in my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, it's also a day of remembrance for all of the brave, young men of Newfoundland who were killed at the Battle of the Somme in Beaumont-Hamel, France.

On July 1, 1916, 801 members of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment fought in that battle. Only 68 answered the roll call the next morning.

Shortly after the Great War, the Government of Newfoundland purchased the ground over which the 1st Newfoundland Regiment made its heroic advance on July 1. At each of the five Newfoundland Memorials sites in Europe, it erected a statue of the noble caribou, the emblem of the Regiment, standing facing the former foe with head thrown high in defiance. One of them is shown in the photo above, which shows the opening of the Newfoundland Memorial Park.

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