Caribou memorial statue to get repairs

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Workers removed the bronze memorial caribou statue from Bowring Park in St. John’s Tuesday to be taken to Morgan’s Newfoundland Bronze Foundry for repairs. The caribou, an animal indigenous and familiar to all in Newfoundland and Labrador, was the emblem used on the badge of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the First World War. After the war, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador built monuments with a bronze caribou statue in Belgium and France where the regiment fought. Caribou memorials were placed at five locations: Beaumont-Hamel, Gueudecourt, Monchy-le-Preux, Masnieres and Courtrai (Kortrik). Later, a sixth caribou was placed in Bowring Park. Photos by Telegram photographer Joe Gibbons.

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