Municipal Affairs and Environment
June 30, 2017

Provincial Delegation Visits Beaumont-Hamel

The Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, has joined a delegation from Newfoundland and Labrador including veterans, Royal Canadian Legion members and students to Beaumont-Hamel in France and will attend a ceremony at Newfoundland Memorial Park at tomorrow (Saturday, July 1) to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. The ceremony is part of a week-long pilgrimage to First World War commemoration sites in Belgium and France.

The Provincial Government continues to support the Royal Canadian Legion Newfoundland and Labrador Command’s annual pilgrimage of students, veterans and legionnaires to memorials in France and Belgium. The trip is organized around the Trail of the Caribou, where five bronze caribou statues were established at Beaumont-Hamel, Masnières, Gueudecourt, Monchy-le-Preux,in France and Courtrai (Kortrijk) in Belgium to commemorate the bravery shown by Newfoundlanders during the First World War.

Thirty-five students are participating in the trip, including 19 students taking part in the Ambassador Program, an award that recognizes excellence in projects commemorating the men and women who served in the First World War.

“I am truly grateful to be with this group representing Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on the Trail of the Caribou. While this pilgrimage is a time for reflection and remembrance for us all, it is a real trip of discovery for the students. This week-long journey will hopefully inspire, encourage, and invigorate this generation to recognize the men and women who answered the call to serve in the First World War. I am truly honoured to join this delegation, and I am proud to lay a wreath at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

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Hon. Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, at the Danger Tree in Beaumont-Hamel with Frank Sullivan, President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Provincial Command (NL) - June 30.

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2017 06 30                             11:55 a.m.