About the program
To mark the centenary of the First World War, the university will undertake commemorative activities in three broad areas: academic programs; physical commemorations; and library, archives and other resources. These activities will be supported by the Living Memorial Commemoration Fund.
The university will enhance and establish relevant areas of study and research. Faculty and student work in this area will be explored through symposia and conferences, as well as other public engagement opportunities.
New commemorative spaces will be developed and existing sites redeveloped to enhance the university’s role as a living memorial. The university will seek out appropriate commemorative opportunities on all its locations with the goal of installing a physical monument on each location, including Grenfell, Harlow and the Battery.
The origin of the university as a living memorial will also be commemorated through projects and activities throughout the entire university community. Through the Living Memorial Commemoration Fund, the entire university community is encouraged to modify or enhance existing or new projects or events to include an element of commemoration. Suggestions and examples can be found on the Ideas Bank on this site.
Library, archives and resources
A collaborative approach will be fostered for the development of physical, digital and web-based research collections in areas related to the First World War specifically, and to the study of conflict and society more generally. The goal will be to promote more integrated approaches to collections development and accessibility.
Supporting and amplifying all these activities, the university will promote awareness of Memorial’s status as a living memorial. The visual identify of the program will include using the forget-me-not flower – an early symbol of remembrance in Newfoundland and Labrador – and the official colours of the university, claret and white, which are derived from those of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment (see regimental camp flag on this page).
The First World War commemorative program will be in addition to Memorial’s current remembrance activities, such as the annual Ceremonies of Remembrance held on the university’s campuses each November and the laying of wreaths at public war memorials on July 1 and Nov. 11. A commemoration steering committee, supported by a pan-university advisory committee, is overseeing the planning and implementation of the university's commemorations. More information on these committees can be found here.