Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 29, 2009 13:00 ET

Media Advisory: Canada Remembers the Battle of the Somme

BEAUMONT-HAMEL, FRANCE--(Marketwire - June 29, 2009) - Members of the media and the public are invited to attend a Government of Canada Remembrance Ceremony at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial National Historic Site of Canada in France. The ceremony will commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and pay tribute to all Newfoundlanders who served in the First World War, particularly the members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment killed or injured at Beaumont-Hamel on July 1, 1916.

Representing the Government of Canada at the ceremony will be the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Philippe Leblanc, Sous-prefet of Peronne, on behalf of the French Republic. This event is open to the general public and youth from Canada will also attend.

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial National Historic Site of
Beaumont-Hamel, France

For more information on the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in the First World War, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Arlene King
    Director, External Relations
    and Visitor Activities
    (33) (0) 3-22-76-70-85