While July 1st is Canada Day, for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians it is also Memorial Day or Commemoration Day – a day when we remember the tragic events of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.
Join Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 (representing the San Francisco Bay area), along with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Arkansas Division, as they present a Commemoration Day Virtual Service at 11am (Pacific) on Friday, 01 July. If you wish to participate and watch the virtual service, please register at:
The first of July 1916 was the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, when 806 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment climbed out of their trenches and went “over the top” at 8:45am as part of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel. In less than an hour, the regiment was devastated, most killed or wounded within the first 20 minutes of the battle. The next morning, only 68 soldiers answered the roll call. Commemoration Day was established in 1917, just one year later.
Join us at 11am (Pacific) to participate. Please register at:
More information can be found at https://royalcanadianlegionus25.com/commemoration-day-virtual-service/