Memorial University launches WWI commemoration program
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.
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.
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.