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Vol 39  No 5
Nov. 2, 2006


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A living memorial remembers

Every year on Nov. 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve during times of war, conflict and peace. Ceremonies across the country honour those who fought in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then.

As a living memorial to those who fought in the first and second world wars, Memorial University of Newfoundland pays special attention to Remembrance Day. Because the university is closed on Nov. 11, Memorial will mark Remembrance Day this year with a Ceremony of Remembrance on Friday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. in the Reid Theatre, Arts and Administration Building on the St. John's campus.

The ceremony will include a wreath laying and commemorative readings. In addition to the traditional ceremony, this year's event will include highlights from the video documentary filmed in France during the ceremonies marking the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The DVD, produced by Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT), is entitled The Return of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment: The Battle of Beaumont-Hamel Remembered.

Also featured during the ceremony will be the unveiling of the Great War Veterans' Association commemorative panel donated by the Johnson Family Foundation and the Stokers Group of Rotary, as well as a reading from Your Daughter Fanny: The War Letters of Frances Cluett, VAD by Senator Bill Rompkey and Bert Riggs, archivist with the Centre for Newfoundland Studies.

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band and the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party will also participate in the ceremony at the Reid Theatre.

The university community - including students, employees, pensioners and alumni - is encouraged to attend this event. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception.

Faculty, staff and students at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College are encouraged to attend the annual wreath laying ceremony, Nov. 11, 11 a.m., at the Corner Brook Cenotaph, where a representative of the college will lay a wreath on behalf of Memorial University. On Nov. 11 in St. John's, President Axel Meisen will lay a wreath at the St. John's War Memorial as part of the annual Remembrance Day parade and ceremony organized by the Royal Canadian Legion.

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