November 11 is Remembrance Day. This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the writing of “In Flanders Fields” by U of T alumnus John McCrae. There are lots of ways for you to learn about the history of U of T’s involvement in the world wars and pay your respects to Canadian veterans this week on and around campus.
Visit Soldier’s Tower and see artifacts, photos, and the memorial room. The Soldier’s Tower in Hart House is a stunning memorial to U of T’s veterans. They’re holding open hours for the U of T community to drop in and explore.
Wednesday, 11am-4pm (anticipate line-ups)
Attend U of T’s annual Service of Remembrance. Each year, this service takes place outside by the Soldier’s Tower war memorial between University College and Hart House, and is followed by a free public reception in the Great Hall of Hart House. There will be lots of interesting, insightful speakers from the U of T community. For more information about the service, check out U of T’s alumni website.
Visit “The World Remembers” at Trinity College. Trinity College participates in an international installation displaying the names of the dead from WWI from Canada and several countries. Learn more on their website.
Daily until Wednesday, 8:10am-7:30pm
Listen to music from the war at Hart House’s “Dark Days, Bright Victory: Canada’s World War II in Words, Images, and Song.” On Remembrance Day, hear wartime songs in this multimedia experience that brings Canadian history to life. Actors will also narrate the story of World War II and some video will be shown. Learn more and get tickets here.
10$ tickets for students
Attend Victoria College’s Ceremony of Remembrance. If you can’t make the U of T service, head to the Goldring Student Centre for several speakers and a performance from the Vic Chorus. Check out their Facebook event.
Attend your local City of Toronto memorial service. Services are held at civic centres across Toronto and and at Old City Hall (which is televised). Learn more on the City’s website.
Learn more about U of T alumni involvement in the war. Explore U of T’s “World Wars” section the heritage website, take a virtual tour of Soldier’s Tower, or read a veteran alumnus’s testimony, or take a look at Emaan’s blog post from earlier this year on Soldier’s Tower.
Share how you’re honouring veterans this Remembrance Day on social media with the hashtag #UofTRemembers.