July 1, 2016 – CFNL’s limited-edition We Remember pin, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Beaumont-Hamel, made an appearance on a number of lapels on July 1st, including that of Princess Anne, Great Britain’s Princess Royal and Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
Thousands gathered at the National War Memorial in St. John’s this year to remember the devastating first day of the Battle of the Somme a century ago, when 800 members of the Newfoundland Regiment went over the top Beaumont-Hamel and only 68 returned to answer roll call the next day. The Princess was among several dignitaries visiting from around the world, and she wore the We Remember pin in recognition of Newfoundland and Labrador’s sacrifices in the First World War.
The pin was presented to the Princess on behalf of the province by Premier Dwight Ball at an event on June 30. The custom-designed, sterling silver pin features three forget-me-not blossoms with an inset of Newfoundland gold to represent the past, present, and future of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in our province. It may be worn as a lapel pin or brooch in remembrance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s military service members.
Princess Anne has a keen understanding of what the losses at Beaumont-Hamel meant for the people of our province. “The history of the Regiment,” she says, “Was an extraordinary history in its own right and quite an extraordinary level of commitment from what was really a remarkably small group of people…. Every family would have been affected in some way.”
On the surge of enlistments in the Regiment after the battle, the Princess notes: “That says a lot for those who joined after Beaumont-Hamel, because if, before that, they only had a vague idea of what they were getting involved in, the ones who joined up after that and made up the numbers knew exactly what they were getting involved in.”
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