Memorial Day History
Memorial Day seeks to remember and honor the soldiers of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment. During World War I, Newfoundland and Labrador was still under Britain’s control. Despite its small population of about 240,000, the dominion sent 1,000 men to form a battle regiment to aid Britain in the war. 1 July, 1916, at the Beaumont-Hamel in northern France, about 800 men were injured or killed. Known as the battle of Somme, it was a costly loss for the regiment. This day aims to commemorate those soldiers who fought bravely.
Memorial Day was established in 1917, one year after the battle. It is observed annually on 1 July.
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