Canada Day and Memorial Day

Posted by on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.

Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.

Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.

Canada's Capital Region buzzes with activity, as Canadians from across the country flock to the Capital to show their national pride. The festivities take place on Parliament Hill, in downtown parks and on the streets. 

In Newfoundland and Labrador somber ceremonies are held in observation of Memorial Day. Memorial Day has been observed annually since July 1st 1917 to recall the losses of approximately 700 soldiers of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment from the Dominion of Newfoundland at Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme of the First World War.



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