Thursday, July 23, 2009

July 1st in Newfoundland...

For many if not most of us across Canada, the 1st of July is synonymous with one thing: Canada Day.
In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador however, there is another event which is not only celebrated reverently, but in many instances above Canada Day. For July 1st marks the anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel.

The Battle of Beaumont-Hamel, is one of those incredibly moving moments in Newfoundland history, which occured in the Somme region during the First World War. At the time, Newfoundland had yet to join Confederation.

It is the saga of the Newfoundland Regiment.

Of the five memorials established in France and Belgium in memory of major actions fought by the 1st Battalion of the Newfoundland Regiment, the largest is the thirty hectare site at Beaumont-Hamel, nine kilometres north of the town of Albert. This site commemorates all Newfoundlanders who fought in the Great War, particularly those who have no known grave. The site was officially opened by Field Marshal Earl Haig on June 7, 1925.

The link below will provide you with the whole story. It is one that not only merits reading, but along with others, should be taught in our schools as a matter of course.

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