Note to editors:
As a living memorial to those who fought in the first and second world wars, Memorial University of Newfoundland pays special attention to Remembrance Day.
Memorial University of Newfoundland will pause for a moment of reflection during a special Ceremony of Remembrance set to take place Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at 11 a.m. in St. John’s. University faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to take part in the annual event which will be held in the Reid Theatre of the Arts and Administration Building.
The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band and the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party will take part in this year’s tribute.
The ceremony will include a wreath laying and commemorative readings. In addition to the traditional ceremony, this year’s event will also include highlights from a documentary filmed in France during ceremonies marking the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The DVD, produced by Memorial’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT), is entitled The Return of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment: The Battle of Beaumont-Hamel Remembered.
Also featured during the ceremony will be the unveiling of the Great War Veterans’ Association commemorative panel donated by the Johnson Family Foundation and the Stokers Group of Rotary, as well as a reading from Your Daughter Fanny: The War Letters of Frances Cluett, VAD by Senator Bill Rompkey and Bert Riggs, archivist with the Centre for Newfoundland Studies.
On Nov. 11, President Axel Meisen will lay a wreath at the St. John’s War Memorial as part of the annual Remembrance Day parade and ceremony organized by the Royal Canadian Legion.
Meanwhile, faculty, staff and students at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College are encouraged to attend the annual wreath laying ceremony, Nov. 11, 11 a.m., at the Corner Brook Cenotaph, where a representative of the college will lay a wreath on behalf of Memorial University.
Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives to this year’s Ceremony of Remembrance in St. John’s.
Broadcast-quality copies of The Return of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment: The Battle of Beaumont-Hamel Remembered is available to members of the media on request.