Struggle memorials and monuments assist us higher perceive our shared heritage and historical past. They supply locations for reflection the place we will mourn and bear in mind. For a lot of Canadians, in addition they function silent reminders of the selfless dedication and sacrifices of our Veterans and the fallen, and our everlasting debt of gratitude.
Standing nearly 2.5 meters tall, the majestic bronze caribou of the Gallipoli Newfoundland Memorial isn’t any completely different. It actually is a robust tribute to the courageous Newfoundlanders who served throughout the First World Struggle.
There are actually six bronze caribou monuments positioned abroad, stretching from Courtrai in Belgium to Gallipoli in Türkiye. Collectively, they type what is named the “Path of the Caribou” – marking a few of the most essential websites the place Newfoundlanders fought and died throughout the First World Struggle. In Canada, one other caribou monument stands in Bowring Park in St. John’s, going through east in the direction of Europe the place Newfoundlanders so bravely served.
At this time, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Affiliate Minister of Nationwide Defence, and the Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, participated within the dedication ceremony for the Gallipoli Newfoundland Memorial. They have been joined by parliamentarians, representatives of the Authorities of Newfoundland and Labrador, and different officers from Canada and Türkiye.
Whereas in Türkiye, Canadian officers are visiting commemorative websites within the Gallipoli peninsula to pay tribute to the Newfoundlanders and Canadians, and different Allied and Turkish troopers, who served there throughout the First World Struggle.
“107 years later, we’ve introduced the story of the Newfoundland Regiment at Gallipoli, and all who fought and died right here, into the current and the longer term – their reminiscence and legacy are ours to hold ahead. I’m honoured to acknowledge their service and so proud the Gallipoli Newfoundland Memorial now stands right here to perpetually mark their contributions and achievements all these yr in the past. We are going to bear in mind them.”
– The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Affiliate Minister of Nationwide Defence
“Finishing the Path of the Caribou is a vital milestone in Newfoundland and Labrador’s First World Struggle story. The Royal Newfoundland Regiment was the one regiment from North America to take part within the Gallipoli Marketing campaign throughout the First World Struggle, and this monument honours their selfless contributions. Thanks to the Authorities of Canada and the Republic of Türkiye for recognizing the importance of this monument for our province and dealing with us to correctly pay tribute to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment for his or her years of service and sacrifice.”
– The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
- The Gallipoli marketing campaign was the Newfoundland Regiment’s introduction to fight throughout the First World Struggle. From mid-September 1915 to mid-January 1916, greater than 1,000 Newfoundlanders fought in Gallipoli and about 40 members of the regiment died throughout the marketing campaign.
- In 2018, the Republic of Türkiye granted the Authorities of Newfoundland and Labrador permission to put in a monument commemorating the Newfoundland Regiment’s efforts at Gallipoli. It’s adjoining to the Commonwealth Struggle Graves Fee Hill 10 Cemetery.
- In September 2022, the Authorities of Newfoundland and Labrador transferred the care and upkeep of this memorial to the Authorities of Canada.
- VAC now maintains and operates 15 warfare memorial websites in Europe, together with 5 different bronze caribou monuments in France and Belgium that commemorate Newfoundland’s accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices throughout the First World Struggle.
Gallipoli Newfoundland Memorial
Path of the Caribou
Information Launch: Closing caribou monument put in in Gallipoli
Veterans Affairs Canada
Erika Lashbrook Knutson
Workplace of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Workplace of the Premier
2022 09 23