Memorial University unveiled a program on Wednesday that aims to keep Newfoundland and Labrador's war history alive.

The university has launched the World War 100 Commemoration Program, a fund that encourages Memorial students to commemorate the Newfoundlanders who were killed in World War One.

Gary Kachanoski

Memorial University President Gary Kachanoski says the program will help to strengthen the university's unique relationship and responsibility to residents of the province. (CBC)

With the 100th anniversary of the war nearing, Memorial has a unique legacy that is deeply rooted in commemoration, as it was founded as a living memorial of the war.

Chair Luke Ashworth said the program will give students and faculty members the resources to keep the province's history intact. 

"You will be able to watch the progress of the war across the world stage at a time lapse global view of battles and shifting alliances — or if you're interested in a specific individual, you'll be able to determine their community of origin, which battles they served in and their final resting place," Ashworth told CBC. 

MUN President Gary Kachanoski said the program will also help to strengthen the university's unique relationship and responsibility to residents.

Bert Riggs

Archivist Bert Riggs says the legacy of those who fought in World War One will live on through Memorial University. (CBC)

"It's something that we need to do, to not only to reflect [on] what we want to do in the future — but to also remember all of the contributions of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in ensuring that not only we existed as a university, but that we existed as free people," Kachanoski said.

Archivist Bert Riggs said it's the silver lining in what is a sad memory in the province's history. 

"The fact that we got an institution of higher learning out of the sacrifice of our young men and women who went overseas ... it's unfortunate that they had to die, but it's a good thing that we honoured them in this way because their legacy lives on through the university."

While the program is new, Memorial staff and students have been given funding to work on nearly four dozen projects.