Thursday, June 30, 2011
Long before my home province of Quebec was demanding Nationhood, my new home province, Newfoundland, was already a nation with its own flag and its own memories such as the Battle of Somme in 1916. This picture is from current day site in Beaument Hamel in France.
Our Blue Puttees or the 1st Newfoundland Regiment suffered unbelievable losses on July 1, 1916. Only 68 out of 801 1st Newfoundland Regiment members who fought at Beaumont Hamel in 1916 answered the roll call on the following day.
So tomorrow, July 1st, we will be remembering the Fighting Newfoundlanders of WW1 and celebrating being part of this great land, Canada!