U of T marks Remembrance Day 2023 across its three campuses
Remembrance Day services were held across the ºüÀêÊÓÆµâ€™s three campuses on Friday â€“ one day ahead of Nov. 11 â€“ to honour those who served and fell in the First and Second World Wars, as well as other conflicts.
On the St. George campus, members of the U of T community gathered at Soldiersâ€™ Tower for a service that began with the playing of the towerâ€™s 51-bell carillon. It was followed by an Indigenous land acknowledgement by Rev. Richard Ruggle and words of welcome by Daniel Hendrickson, chair of the Soldiersâ€™ Tower committee.
The event included a performance of the Naval Hymn, a historical reading, a memorial day prayer by Imam Abdul Hai Patel, a reading of In Flanders Fields â€“ written by U of T alumnus Lt.-Col.ÌýJohn McCrae â€“Ìýand a reflection by Rabbi Jonathan Jaffit.
U of T PresidentÌýMeric Gertler, ChancellorÌýRose PattenÌýandÌýChair of Governing CouncilÌýAnna KennedyÌýjoinedÌýChrystia Freeland, Canadaâ€™s deputy prime minister and finance minister, and other representatives from government, the Canadian Armed Forces, U of T alumni, students, staff and faculty in laying wreaths in honour of the fallen in the archway of Soldiersâ€™ Tower.
A moment of silence was observed after the placing of the wreaths.
At U of T Mississauga, a ceremony was held in front of the Davis Building with Alexandra Gillespie, U of T Mississauga principal and U of T vice-president, in attendance.
The service at U of T Scarborough was held in the Meeting Place. It was attended by Wisdom Tettey, U of T Scarborough principal and U of T vice-president, and featured performances by the concert band, concert choir and string orchestra.
Here is how the Remembrance Day services were captured through the lenses of photographers at U of T:Ìý
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces attended the Service of Remembrance on the St. George campus.
ChancellorÌýRose Patten, Vice-Chair of Governing CouncilÌýAnna Kennedy and U of T PresidentÌýMeric Gertler attended the Remembrance Day ceremony on the St. George campus. The ceremony was also attended byÌýChrystia Freeland, Canadaâ€™s deputy prime minister and finance minister (second row).Ìý
Members of the university community joined Alexandra Gillespie, U of T Mississauga principal and U of T vice-president (second from right), in placing wreaths during a Service of Remembrance in front of the Davis Building.
The Hart House choir performed near Soldiersâ€™ Tower on the St. George campus.
Wreaths were laid near Soldiersâ€™ Tower by representatives of U of T, government, the Canadian Armed Forces and other members of the university community.
Piper Rory Sinclair performed following the wreath laying near Soldiersâ€™ Tower on the St. George campus.
Wisdom Tettey, U of T Scarborough principal and U of T vice-president, delivered remarks at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Meeting Place at U of T Scarborough.
Capt. Angela Lam of the 25 Field Ambulance medical unit of the Canadian Armed Forces delivered a historical reading about a U of T alumnus who perished in the Italian campaign during the Second World War.Ìý
Cpl.ÌýSteven Abra played the Reveille near the end of the ceremony on the St. George campus.