On Sunday morning, 1 July 2018, there will be a Commemorative Ceremony at the National War Memorial/Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to mark the 102nd Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel, a part of the first day of the Somme campaign, during the First World War. On that day, British and Commonwealth Forces suffered over sixty thousand casualties, of which twenty thousand were killed or missing in action. At the village of Beaumont-Hamel, the Newfoundland Regiment suffered catastrophic casualties during an early morning attack, with nearly the entire Regiment sustaining casualties within a few short minutes. The events of this day have become an enduring symbol of valour and of the wartime sacrifices made by the men and women who served the cause of freedom.
The commemorative ceremony will include music by the Canadian Forces Ceremonial Band and the Atlantic Voice Choir of Ottawa. There will be a moment of silence and reflection. Dignitaries and members of the Diplomatic Community will lay wreaths.
We invite the Defence Community and the public to join us as we remember.
The ceremony will commence rain or shine with the arrival of dignitaries at 0800 hours. Attendees are requested to be in place by 0745 hours.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT:
Mr. Herb Davis