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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

July 1 is Memorial Day in Newfoundland

My readers in Newfoundland and Labrador already know that tomorrow, July 1, is more than Canada Day. It's also Memorial Day for Newfoundlanders, as it marks the anniversary of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel. That was a battle in France during World War 1 in which hundreds of Newfoundlanders (including my 19-year-old great-uncle Harry) lost their lives. Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's was named in their honour. The photo attached is of the Y Ravine Cemetery in France where those killed in the battle are buried.

Here is a link to information about a memorial service being held on July 1 at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

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