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War at sea artifact to be presented to people of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Newfoundland Escort Force (NEF) is to be recognized at a ceremony Tuesday, in which the NEF’s bell will be accepted at Government House.
The Newfoundland Escort Force (NEF) is to be recognized at a ceremony Tuesday, in which the NEF’s bell will be accepted at Government House. - Contributed

Seventy-seven years after its establishment in St. John's, the Newfoundland Escort Force (NEF) will be remembered in a special reception at Government House Tuesday.

At the same time, an international project 13 years in the making will be finished, according to a news release from HMCS Sackville.

 Since May 2005, members of HMCS Sackville in Halifax, the Royal Naval Association-Londonderry, Northern Ireland and Crow’s Nest Club in St. John’s have joined forces to connect their wartime port cities with specially crafted ships' bells. Most recent is the Newfoundland Escort Force Bell, the third and last in the series, following the North Atlantic Convoy Bell, on display in Halifax and the Newfie-Derry Run Bell in Londonderry.

The three bells commemorate Allied naval and merchant sailors, and air personnel who lost their lives between September 1939 and May 1945 while maintaining the vital supply lines from North America to Europe during the Second World War.

Lt.-Gov. Judy Foote and her husband Howard Foote will accept the bell on behalf the people of Newfoundland and Labrador from the Royal Naval Association-Londonderry. The Newfoundland Escort Force Bell will reside in Government House.

In attendance will be representatives from HMCS Sackville-Canada's Naval Memorial, the Royal Naval Association-Londonderry and the Crow’s Nest Club.

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