Lest We Forget

Friday, November 10, 2006

Several students gathered at War Memorial Hall Friday morning to remember Canada’s war dead in the annual Remembrance Day observance. Ordinarily, these ceremonies are observed on November 11th, but in keeping with university tradition when the actual day falls on the weekend, the service is held on the Friday before.

“Two world wars and unspeakable carnage and waste have brought us to this day,” said University President Alastair Summerlee in his welcome. “This hall and this chapel stand as a living memorial to the faculty, staff and students that gave their lives.”

Summerlee was joined in the service by Mahejabeen Ebrahim from the Human Rights & Equity office, CSA Communications Commissioner Jonathan Odumeru, campus ecumenical minister Lucy Reid and others. The Guelph Chamber Choir was also in attendance to provide music for the ceremony.

Two familiar faces of the annual service, Doug McCrae and Steve Nessner, were absent from the procession this year. Nessner was involved in a car accident while on his way to the service and although he was uninjured his car was not as fortunate.

The service ended with the Last Post, a moment of silence and Reveille, with Andrew Baker as bugler in War Mem and Glenn Kisman relayed while standing in Johnston Green.

Summerlee pleaded to the crowd that we need to not only remember but continue to work toward freedom from war and intolerance. “The human world continues to battle against itself,” he said, “we need to remember that it’s still torn by struggle and anguish.”

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