Canadian thoughts

Jul 5th, 2015 | By | Category: International

The final hour of our annual remembrance of the Battle of the Somme took us to the Newfoundland Memorial Park on Thursday afternoon. A young member of the park staff greeted us as we entered the place where thousands had died in July 1916; polite, reserved, understated, he was as you might have expected.

“Canadians are so lovely”, commented my companion. On the evidence of those at the Memorial Park, it would have been hard to disagree; everywhere was perfect, everyone was courteous.

The park commemorates the fallen of Newfoundland because the province …