On July 1st We Commemorate: Through Activities and Events

Join in the activities and events ongoing throughout St. John’s and the province of Newfoundland & Labrador as we remember those who served in the First World War, both overseas and here at home.

Hosted by The Rooms

The Trail of the Caribou in Trench Maps

Date: May 13, 2014 – Ongoing
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Level 3, Inside Archives Reference Room

The trench warfare maps in The Rooms archival collections are a rich source of detail for those interested in understanding military history and the important role Newfoundland troops played during the First World War.

Image credit: The Rooms Provincial Archives Division, MG 9.53, Beaumont Edition 2.B 57o S.E. parts of 1 & 2 Ordnance Survey (map), 1916, Charles Sydney Frost fonds

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A remarkable story of sacrifice.  A fitting tribute to honour all who served.
Date: July 1st, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

See the First World War Commemoration for more details.

11:30 am: The grounds at The Rooms will be open to the public.
12:30 pm: Ceremony of Remembrance at the National War Memorial concludes.*
12:45 pm: Musical tributes featuring Shallaway Youth Choir, The Ennis Sisters and Canadian tenor David Pomeroy.

Official Start: 1:30 pm

• The Princess Royal and Lieutenant Governor arrive.
• Regimental Salute.
• Welcome and Introduction of Dignitaries.
• Barry Perry, CEO Fortis, Centennial Leader Corporate Address.
• Dedication of Fortis Courtyard and Amphitheatre.
• Musical tributes.
• Simulcast of activities from inside The Rooms.
• Address by The Princess Royal and Dedication of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Gallery.
• Elinor Gill Ratcliffe, Centennial Leader Individual Address.
• Royal Newfoundland Regiment Gallery Open to Invited Guests.

3:00 pm: Event Concludes for the General Public.

Join in the Canada Day Celebrations on Confederation Hill. Transportation from The Rooms to Confederation Hill will be provided by Metrobus.

Due to the level of interest and anticipated large numbers in attendance  for the tribute event, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Gallery will not open to the public until Saturday, July 2.

The Rooms is pleased to offer FREE admission to this exhibition on July 2 and 3.

*approximate time

Metrobus is pleased to offer FREE Shuttle Service on July 1st.

Shuttle service begins at 9:30 am and runs every 8 – 10 min. throughout the day until 4 pm from the following locations:

The War Memorial
Ceremony 11 am
Shuttle drop off – Intersection of Cochrane St. and Duckworth St.

The Rooms
Centennial Commemoration of the First World War
Site access starting 11:30 am. Official Start 1:30 pm
Shuttle drop off – Intersection of Parade St. and Merrymeeting Rd.

Confederation Hill
Shuttle drop off – Allendale Rd. entrance to Confederation Building.

The public are invited to use the Metrobus Shuttle Service throughout the day to move between these sites.

Parking for July 1st will be available to the public at the Marine Institute on Ridge Road and the Johnson Building on Factory Lane.

If you can’t join us in person, be sure to check out this wonderful virtual exhibit on The Rooms website:

The Newfoundland Regiment and The Great War

The First World War had an immense impact on Newfoundland and Labrador. This interactive site offers comprehensive information on the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, including over 3,000 individual soldier files, interactive maps, in-depth battle explanations, and hundreds of images of artifacts, many in 3-D.