"Where once our [ancestors] stood, we do indeed now stand. It is our duty to honour them and to ensure that this important moment in history is not lost to future generations." General R. J. Hillier (Retired), St. John’s, 2013
The “Great War,” 1914 to 1918, was immense in breadth, in effort and in lives lost, damaged and changed. It was the great adventure and the great sorrow. A war to end all wars. Yet it did not.
What we now call the First World War was a defining event for Newfoundland and Labrador. It affected lives at home and took many people overseas. Some who went never returned.
The war required a show of strength and endurance in the face of danger and hardship. It asked our people to give all they had, and then give more.
Our connections to this conflict are all around us still: in monuments and street names, in family stories and treasured keepsakes. In this website, we share the stories and words of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who experienced the First World War and all that our sacrifice brought us.