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Linkage.

Today isn't just Canada Day.

For the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, it's Memorial Day. Or Beaumont Hamel Day.

Beaumont Hamel is a sleeply little town in France.

It was also the site of a horrifying massacure.

801 Newfoundland man rushed across field, smack dab into barbed wire and machine guns.

Less than a half hour later, only 69 were left standing and uninjured.

Every single officer died.

Every soldier was equipped with a small tin triangle on their backs, the better for friendly aircraft to identify them and plot the advance. That it gave the Germans something to aim at was not considered. I can't even imagine what that most have been life - to wait in a bloody muddy field all day, hoping for night, a chance to slip back to safety. Feeling the heat of the metal, knowing what it represented.

The Newfoundland Regiment was awarded the title "Royal" in World War 1, but such honours can't compare to the impact on the island. The first 800, the Blue Puttees, came from every part of the province, represented every facet of our population. They were amongst the best and brightest we had. The bravest. Every community and every family felt the loss. And we still do, decades later.
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On July 1st, 2007 03:47 am (UTC), fleurdelista commented:
You did a really nice job with this post, Derek.
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On July 1st, 2007 03:48 am (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
Beer makes me eloquent.
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On July 1st, 2007 03:50 am (UTC), fleurdelista replied:
It just makes me have difficulty in typing.
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On July 1st, 2007 03:52 am (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
It's a matter of finding just enough. But hey, you know me. I never really lose the ability to type, do I? My drunk posts and my sober posts often read the same the next day (at least to me)
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On July 1st, 2007 03:55 am (UTC), fleurdelista replied:
You are the master of drunk typing. You just need to do drunk voice posts
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On July 1st, 2007 03:56 am (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
No. Maybe. Okay.
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On July 1st, 2007 04:02 am (UTC), fleurdelista replied:
DOOOOOOOOOOO IT.
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On July 1st, 2007 04:06 am (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
no
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On July 1st, 2007 04:07 am (UTC), fleurdelista replied:
chicken.
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On July 1st, 2007 04:10 am (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
Yes.
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On July 1st, 2007 04:11 am (UTC), fleurdelista replied:
I will do a drunk voicepost sometime.
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On July 1st, 2007 04:12 am (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
I eagerly await it.
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On July 1st, 2007 04:13 am (UTC), fleurdelista replied:
I think this means I need to drink moar.
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On July 1st, 2007 04:14 am (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
OKAY!
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On July 1st, 2007 04:14 am (UTC), fleurdelista replied:
i need to find something that is NOT vodka.
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On July 1st, 2007 04:15 am (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
really okay!
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On July 1st, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC), zeronobus replied:
Ah, a promise in writing...
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On July 1st, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
HA

I spent a year learning how to get around such things.
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On July 1st, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC), zeronobus replied:
I also thought you've spent a year learning only to help people get out of things like this if they pay you handsomely.
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On July 1st, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
Yes.
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On July 1st, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC), zeronobus replied:
So is AJ really that quick to offer compensation in return for legal protection, or did you not pay close enough attention in school? :P
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On July 1st, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
Why can't it be both?
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On July 1st, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC), fleurdelista replied:
Hehe, I plan to keep my word. First though I need to program the voicepost # into my phone. And then learn how to operate said phone while drunk :D
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On July 1st, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC), zeronobus replied:
I assume the second part is the more difficult.
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On July 1st, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC), thanks4thefish commented:
Thanks for that little slice of history. Valuable knowledge.
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On July 1st, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC), uncut_diamond replied:
I was under orders. :)
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