St. John’s – July 1, 2011– The Memory Project Speakers’ Bureau hosted a special luncheon to mark the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel today at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56, Pleasantville. This reception paid tribute to the historic of Beaumont Hamel and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who fought bravely on the front lines.
“Newfoundland is home to a proud military legacy and community,” said Jeremy Diamond, Director of The Historica-Dominion Institute. “We are humbled to be here on the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel to honour our veterans, and to urge them to share their experiences with Canada’s youth through The Memory Project so that their stories may never be forgotten.”
The Memory Project issued also a call today asking St. John’s Canadian forces personnel and veterans to join the legacy by sharing their stories of service and sacrifice in classrooms.
Canada’s largest veteran speakers’ bureau, The Memory Project connects veterans and currently serving soldiers with classrooms across the country. More than 1,500 veteran volunteers represent a wide range of conflicts, including World War II, Korean War, Peacekeeping Operations and Canadian Forces experiences.
The Memory Project Speakers Bureau coordinates more than 750 visits each year and reaching more than 175,000 students. The Memory Project has reached more than 1 million students since its creation in 2001.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
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