The Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in France, where the commemoration took place

Canadian politicians mark 97th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in France

Posted on on 01 July 2013
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The Wall Street Journal reports that Canadian officials, including the Minister of Veteran Affairs and the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, have attended commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

""Ninety-seven years ago today, the battle that became known as one of the bloodiest in the history of the British Army opened in France. There are few places in the world that serve as a greater testament to the history of our nation or the strength of our people than Beaumont-Hamel and the Somme," said the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie. "On Canada Day, as we celebrate our great country, we enjoy our freedom thanks to brave heroes in uniform like the Newfoundlanders and Canadians who fought on the Somme. It is our duty to continue to remember their sacrifices"."

To read the full article, visit The Wall Street Journal website here.

Date of article publication: 01/07/2013

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Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News