Newfoundland and Labrador Government Earmarks Memorial Funds

The memorial to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont Hamel, France.

The memorial to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont Hamel, France.

Speaking in St. John, Newfoundland on November 5, Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced that the government of Newfoundland and Labrador would set aside 3.6 million dollars for projects marking the coming centenary of The First World War.  The project, titled “Honour 100” seeks to boost public awareness of the contributions and sacrifices of citizens from Newfoundland and Labrador in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during The Great War 1914-1918.

Memorial projects will include those honoring the Royal Newfoundland Regiment which, after service in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915, was virtually wiped out on the morning of July 1, 1916 attacking Beaumont Hamel on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

For more information on the Newfoundland and Labrador government announcement, see the CBC news story here.