To commemorate the Year of the Veteran, Memorial University will present a series of special events and projects that highlight the contributions of the province's war veterans.
The Year of the Veteran holds special significance for an institution that was built as a living memorial to Newfoundlanders who died during the First World War.
This year also marks the 80th anniversary of the opening of Memorial University College in 1925.
Most of the activities will take place during Veteran's Week - November 5-11, 2005. The theme for Veterans' Week 2005 is Honouring Veterans by Teaching Youth.
The university is closed and no classes are scheduled for November 11, 2005.
Ceremony of Remembrance
The annual Ceremony of Remembrance takes place at 11am on Thursday, November 10, 2005 at the Arts and Administration Building on the St. John's campus.
The ceremony will involve members of the Royal Canadian Legion and Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band, as well as university faculty, staff, alumni and students. The agenda for the event is available here in PDF format.
The ceremony features a dramatic performance excerpted from the Beothuck Street Players’ production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme.
This year, the ceremony will be broadcast live on the web.
Marine Institute ceremony
The Marine Institutewill hold its Remembrance Day ceremony at 12 noon on Thursday, November 10, 2005.
The hour-long event takes place at the Merchant Marine Memorial, situated on Ridge Road.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to join in this special event to commemorate the armed and merchant navy forces that participated in the world wars.
Students from the Marine institute's nautical science and marine engineering programs will participate in the ceremony along with naval cadets and officers with the Department of National Defence detachment (St. John’s).
Event at Grenfell Campus
The annual Remembrance Day Presentation at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 12:30 p.m.in LC-301.
The title this year is “The Life that I Have Is Yours,” taken from a short poem that was the cipher of Violette Szabo, an undercover agent for the Allies, operating in the Second World War (she was half French, half English). She was captured and tortured by the Gestapo, resisted giving them any information, and was executed by firing squad at Ravensbruck concentration camp for women only weeks before the war came to an end.
Devised by Dr. David Freeman, this presentation in words and music on war and sacrifice will be performed by Grenfell students, staff and faculty.