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In 2024, the Government of Canada will repatriate the remains of an unknown Newfoundland First World War soldier from northern France. On July 1, 2024, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will unveil a tomb at the Newfoundland National War Memorial for the remains of an unknown soldier. The tomb will represent Newfoundlanders and Labradorians from all branches of service who have no known grave.

Help students make a personal connection to the tomb. Through history and art, youth will imagine who the person in it was, what he may have looked like, where he was from, and his hopes and dreams for the future. Students will also consider similarities between themselves and the young people who served more than a century ago.

Choose from the activities below or complete all three. Lesson plans are best suited for grades 5-9 but may be modified for older or younger audiences.  See below for information on how your student artwork can be part of events marking the dedication of the tomb.


Be part of history!

Your students can help everyone imagine. From June 28-July 1, 2024, the remains of Newfoundland and Labrador’s unknown soldier will lay in state at the Confederation Building in St. John’s. Portraits, thumbprints and dream clouds created by students across Newfoundland and Labrador will be displayed as part of this historic event. If you have questions, please contact us by email.

Plan for your school’s artwork to arrive at this address by June 21, 2024:

National War Memorial Centennial Project
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation
Att: Arlene King, Project Manager
Confederation Building, West Block, 6th Floor,
100 Prince Phillip Drive,
St. John’s, NL A1B 3R4

These materials were developed with gracious support from:

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