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Not Just Canada Day

The sun rises over the cool Atlantic air and hits land first in

Newfoundland. Part of Canada since 1949 when economic forces decreed that was the best option. But perhaps the first inkling of that was foreshadowed on July 1, 1918 when the Newfoundland Regiment answered their Scheduled Tour of Duty at Beaumont Hamel. To say that they suffered catastrophic losses is indeed an understatement. It is also why our fellow on the “rock” first pay respects to their war dead before they celebrate Canada Day. The losses were so staggering that the entire Regiment received the Royal prefix following the battle.

I just recently, as in yesterday, finished up our photo album of our First World War trip through Belgium, France and England in 2011. The pictures brought back such a powerful serge of emotions; the staggering loss one feels standing at countless headstones, the pointless fight over a small hill seen in the distance and the peaceful tranquility of the countryside. The birds singing and the warm sun want to chase away the nightmares those men faced but there is a silent presence at Beaumont Hamel that fills the heart and soul.

So today, before we begin our pandemic Canada Day celebrations, let’s take a moment and realize that these are more than just pictures in a scrapbook. They represented a proud nation called Newfoundland and their sacrifice changed the face of Canada and helped swing the tide of the First World War by their ultimate sacrifice.

Bernie

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8 thoughts on “Not Just Canada Day

    1. It’s a unique part of Canada but if Beaumont Hamel hadn’t occurred who knows if it would be part of Canada. Long reaching consequences.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  1. Last year I was lucky enough to visit Newfoundland with my blogger friend, Joanne. We visited The Rooms, in St. John’s and took in a lot of Newfoundland history, including their heroic efforts during The Great War. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of all this, Bernie.
    Deb

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    1. We only had 4 days in Newfoundland (off season) and I so want to go back. It’s a great place to visit and such an interesting history.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting and for appreciating the different sentiment this Canada Day ( I might do another post about how I feel it’s really changed this year but then again I am also chasing after a 1 year old so maybe not). Enjoy your Canada Day.

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  2. Happy Canada Day Bernie. We have our freedoms today, thanks to the sacrifices of all those who lived within the borders of our country, who were willing sacrifice so much to fight for their country and beliefs. That why it is so hard to sit here in this province on this day and listen to the texts being read from all those who say they are not proud to be Canadian, because of politics or economics or because they have to put a mask on. Being proud of your country should not be solely based on self interest. We are very lucky to live where we do and to have the right to express our opinions. I am a proud Canadian. Allan

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    1. No really we have them to thank. The Newfoundlanders, the Indigenous fighters and the other Canadian men (plus the few women) who fought so hard for our new country. We should honour them all today as we celebrate today. If not for them….

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