Nov. 11: McGill to host Remembrance Day ceremony

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013
Members of The Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, Montreal, Reserve Infantry, stand at attention during McGill's 2012 Remembrance Day ceremonies. / Photo: Adam Scotti

Members of The Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, Montreal, Reserve Infantry, stand at attention during McGill’s 2012 Remembrance Day ceremonies. / Photo: Adam Scotti

McGill will host the Royal Canadian Legion’s official Montreal Remembrance Day ceremony. The commemorative event will take place Monday Nov. 11, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the lower field of McGill’s downtown campus.

Last year, the University campus became the permanent site for the event, which brings together veterans and dignitaries from the Montreal area.

“McGill is honoured to serve again as host for this important commemoration,” said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier. “It provides an occasion for all of us to pause and remember the many Canadians who sacrificed their lives in military service. I look forward to participating in the ceremony along with the Royal Canadian Legion and other members of our community.”

In keeping with tradition, the ceremony will include a 21-gun salute from four cannons, as well as the laying of wreaths and performances by military bands. Two minutes of silence will be observed at 11 a.m.

WHAT: Remembrance Day ceremony

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 11, 20113, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: McGill University, downtown campus, lower field

In the 20th century’s two World Wars, McGill lost more than 600 men and women: 363 people from McGill perished in the First World War and another 298 lost their lives in the Second World War. McGill also made significant contributions to the medical care of wounded soldiers in both wars. Since then, members of the McGill community have helped resolve conflicts and maintain peace in Kosovo, Eritrea, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Please join us in reflecting on their sacrifices and ensuring they are never forgotten.

A separate Remembrance Day ceremony was held at McGill’s Macdonald Campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue on Nov. 7. For the full story and extensive photo gallery, go here.

 

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