July 1 marks a spe­cial an­niver­sary for prov­ince

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial - ST. JOHN’S, N.L.

Un­like other Cana­dian Le­gions, those in New­found­land and Labrador had a very dif­fer­ent ori­gin.

The first vet­er­ans’í group formed dur­ing the war in April of

1918, ac­cord­ing to Frank Gogos, me­dia li­ai­son for the New­found­land Com­mand. In New­found­land, it was called the Vol­un­teer and Re­jected Soldiers As­so­ci­a­tion.

By 1919, it be­came the Great War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion of New­found­land, part­nered - that’s coun­try, rather than colony

The GWVA stayed the prin­ci­pal vet­eran sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tion un­til it be­came part of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in 1950.

But the or­ga­ni­za­tion had a sim­i­lar man­date to that of the modern-day Le­gion.

It was charged as the guardians of re­mem­brance. In N.L., there are two cer­e­monies of re­mem­brance - Memo­rial Day on July

1 and Ar­mistice Day on Nov. 11. Both are equal in how New­found­lan­ders view re­mem­brance.

On July 1, 1916, nearly 700 men of the New­found­land Reg­i­ment were killed or in­jured by Ger­man fire as they at­tacked over open ground.

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