Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bitter Sweet Canada Day for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians

Today is a happy and bright celebration for most Canadians, but for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians it comes as bitter-sweet. Although July 1st signifies the day when Canada was born it is also a day when many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians lost their lives.

On July 1, 1916, 801 members of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment fought in
that battle and only 68 answered the roll call the next morning.
This was a horrible tragedy for the then dominon of the British Empire and is remembered every Canada Day. So not only is it a day when Newfoundlanders and Labradorians raise their heads high in admiration of their country, but they also lower their heads in respect of the fallen soldiers who died on this day.



The Commentator said...

You know, it never ceases to amaze me how little I know of Canada no matter how much I read. We need to somehow get these types of histories out more.

DC said...

It is interesting because I have heard that in, I believe it is either Scotland or Ireland, no one knows about Vimy Ridge for instance, but they remember a masacre of their own forces very similar to the Newfoundland tragedy.

I guess it is all about context and what you are immersed in.