Newfoundland and Labrador Marks Memorial Day

July 1st is something very different in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a day of mourning.

During the First World War Newfoundland was not a Canadian province.

It was on July 1st, 1916 approximately 700 soldiers of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment were killed at Beaumont-Hamel on the first day on the Somme during the First World War.

Of the 780 men who went forward only about 110 survived unscathed, of whom only 68 were available for roll call the following day.

For all intents and purposes, the Newfoundland Regiment had been wiped out, the unit as a whole has suffered a casualty rate of approximately 90%.

Parades are typically held in the morning and In the afternoon and evening celebrations for Canada Day take place.