Legion Commemorates 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Arras

April 10, 2017 -fg

A special ceremony took place at the National War Memorial in St. John’s, NL to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Arras which includes the defining moment for Canada at Vimy Ridge, and a solemn moment for Newfoundland for Monchy-le-Preux.

The tiny Dominion of Newfoundland raised an infantry battalion, the 1st Newfoundland Regiment, made up mostly from church militia groups when the First World War broke out. They want on to earn eternal fame for the heroism and sacrifice on the battlefield. Before the war would end the 1st Newfoundland Regiment was given the prefix, Royal, a truly rare and gracious honour reflecting on the gallantry of the entire Regiment.

At 11 am Sunday Morning, April 9, 2017 the Royal Canadian Legion, Newfoundland Labrador Command led a very special ceremony to commemorate the bravery of those Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who fought valiantly for Canada at Vimy Ridge and Newfoundland at Monchy-le-Preux.

Wreaths were laid by the Governments of Canada, Newfoundland Labrador and the City of St. John’s along with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, RCMP, CFS St. John’s and the Church Lads’ Brigade.

A number of Veterans were in attendance and music was supplied by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band.

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For more information on the Battle of Arras and Monchy-le-Pruex visit, http://rnfldr.ca/history.aspx?item=147

Monchy-le-Preux, April 14, 1917 – The Men Who Saved Monchy

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