Minister to represent province at Beaumont Hamel pilgrimage

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Tourism Minister Terry French will represent the provincial government at the pilgrimage to Beaumont Hamel in remembrance of the Battle of the Somme.
The minister will be joined by veterans, representatives from the Royal Canadian Legion, and students.
"Each year, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador participates in ceremonies in Europe to pay tribute to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the lives lost during World War I," French said.
"Attending these ceremonies to recognize the sacrifices made by Newfoundland and Labrador soldiers will be a great honour and privilege. I am proud to attend these ceremonies on behalf of our government and to pay tribute to the contributions of our veterans and those who lost their lives in the line of duty."
In support of the 2010 pilgrimage, the Department of Municipal Affairs has provided $55,000 to the Royal Canadian Legion to help subsidize the delegation's expenses.
Minister French will attend a July 1 Memorial Day ceremony at Beaumont-Hamel, and visit Caribou Memorials to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment located in Beaumont-Hamel, Monchy-Le-Preux, Guendecourt, Masnieres, and Courtai, all sites of significant engagements by the regiment during the First World War. Additionally, the minister will visit the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge, and participate in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion, Department of Municipal Affairs

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Europe, Monchy-Le-Preux Masnieres Vimy Ridge Menin Gate Ypres

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