June 3 is the 100th Anniversary of the unveiling of the Sacred Heart World War I Memorial located in front of the Catholic Church in the Town Square in Placentia.
In lieu of a public gathering to commemorate the anniversary, because of Covid-19. a few members of the Royal Canadian Legion attended the Memorial in the morning of June 3 to place a wreath and observe a moment of silence.
The memorial was put in place by the Placentia Parish in memory of the young men of the Parish who lost their lives in the Great War (1914-1918). Monsignor V. F. Reardon, the parish priest, headed up a committee to get the memorial erected. It was the first Monument erected in Newfoundland to honour the men who served in World War I. It was unveiled on June 3, 1920, the Feast of Corpus Christi, following a church military high mass celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Roche, a native of Placentia. We Will Remember Them.
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