Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration - Ottawa ​​

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Of all the battles that the Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought during the First World War, none was as devastating or as defining as the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Regiment's tragic advance at Beaumont-Hamel on the morning of July 1, 1916 became an enduring symbol of its valour and of its terrible wartime sacrifices. The attack was a devastating failure. In a single morning, the Newfoundland Regiment had been almost wiped out. When roll call was taken the next day, of the 801 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who went into battle, only 68 men answered the call. The events of that day were forever seared into the cultural memory of the Newfoundland and Labrador people.

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Of all the battles that the Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought during the First World War, none was as devastating or as defining as the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Regiment's tragic advance at Beaumont-Hamel on the morning of July 1, 1916 became an enduring symbol of its valour and of its terrible wartime sacrifices. The attack was a devastating failure. 
​In a single morning, the Newfoundland Regiment had been almost wiped out. When roll call was taken the next day, of the 801 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment who went into battle, only 68 men answered the call. The events of that day were forever seared into the cultural memory of the Newfoundland and Labrador people.
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Special Performance Guests for 2017
Award winning Shallaway Youth Choir performs 
​"Sing You Home"

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It was both a distinct honour and an extraordinary privilege to have the Shallaway Youth Choir participate in the 101st Commemoration of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel in Ottawa. 

To say the name “SHALLAWAY YOUTH CHOIR” carries with it, and gives voice to immense recognition and distinction. This group of young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians has won significant awards and international prizes, but none more monumental than the award they received in July 2015 at the prestigious Llangollen Musical Festival in Wales where they won the CHILDREN’S CHOIR OF THE WORLD TROPHY or, quite simply put... clearly and proudly..., they were recognized as …  THE BEST YOUTH CHOIR IN THE WORLD!
The Shallaway Youth Choir at the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel, The Rooms, July 1, 2016
Atlantic Voices: The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa has been a wonderful supporter of the Beaumont-Hamel event and has performed every year in Ottawa since the first commemoration 11 years ago.

The choir was founded in the spring of 2002 by soprano Kristina Curren,
​a Newfoundlander in search of her musical heritage. Atlantic Voices is an amateur choir with a repertoire consisting mainly of Newfoundland, Maritime, and Celtic songs and music.

Under the musical direction of Scott Richardson and with accompanist Theresa Clarke, the choir performs two major concerts a year: one at the end of January and one in May.
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Atlantic Voices Choir under the direction of Scott Richardson

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2017

2016

Photos from the 2017 Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration. With many thanks to David Clendenning and Joan Fisher. (Please note that more photos will be added to thi section)
Photos from the 2016 Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration.
With many thanks to Richard Lawrence, Photographer, and Bruce MacRae, photographer

2015

2014

Photos from the 2015 Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration.
With many thanks to Bruce MacRae, photographer
​and Richard Lawrence, Photographer
Photos from the 2014 Beaumont-Hamel Commemoration.
With many thanks to singer Terry Kelly for his participation
and to Bruce MacRae, photographer

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July 1st, 2018

The National War Memorial
Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON   K1P 5A4


7:30 to 7:55 a.m. - Arrival of the Official Party
8:00 a.m sharp - Start of the ceremony
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