OTTAWA, July 1, 2016 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today
issued the following statement on Memorial Day in Newfoundland and
"Beaumont Hamel is a name that is seared into the hearts of all
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. It is a name that represents courage,
sacrifice, and sorrow.
"One hundred years ago to this very day - in what would become the
bloodiest battle of the First World War - 810 young men from the
Newfoundland Regiment were ordered out of their trench. They calmly
advanced, under withering machine gun and artillery fire, across no
man's land and into the teeth of the enemy.
"As one major wrote: 'The only visible sign the men knew they were under
such terrifying shell fire was that they tucked their chins into an
advanced shoulder as they had so often done when fighting their way
home against a Newfoundland blizzard.'
"Of the 810 men who went 'over the top', only 68 would stand for roll
call the following morning. It was a loss that has echoed down through
the generations, and it is this loss - this sacrifice - that we
remember today. It is their sacrifice that has allowed us to build this
strong, free, and diverse country that we hold so dear.
"On this day, as our fellow Canadians gather to celebrate the maple leaf
and everything it stands for, let us also remember the caribou, the
brave men of the Newfoundland Regiment, and the ideals for which they
"While we can never repay this debt, we can honour and remember all
those who have served and continue to serve and protect our great
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