BET U DIDNT KNOW: OVER 16,000 PEOPLE FROM UOFT ENLISTED IN WW1 & WW2

Not many people know that the University of Toronto contributed immensely to both World War 1 and World War 2. Not only did students, faculty members, and staff members enlist in the wars, the St. George campus was also used in the war efforts. In two parts, this post will cover the 2013 Remembrance Day ceremonies at U of T, and a tour of Soldier’s Tower.

Laying Wreaths at Soldier's Tower

Laying Wreaths at Soldier’s Tower

Remembrance Day at U of T

Remembrance Day at U of T

Each year, the University of Toronto Alumni Association and the Soldier’s Tower Committee host a Memorial Service on the grounds under Soldier’s Tower. Here are some video highlights from the service:

PART 1

BAGPIPES
Played by Rory Sinclair

WELCOME ADDRESS
By Sean Ingram

PRAYER OF REMEMBRANCE
By Reverand Ralph Carl Wushke

NAVAL HYMN
By Hart House Chorus

PART 2

IN FLANDERS FIELDS
Reading by Captain Tyler Wentzell, 48th Highlanders of Canada

TANTUM ERGO
Performed by Hart House Chorus

In Flanders Fields was written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae who graduated from University College and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. While serving in the Canadian Army’s Medical Corps during the Great War in 1915, he composed this poem that has become synonymous with remembering our veterans.

PART 3

SECOND WORLD WAR – ITALIAN CAMPAIGN
Reading by Captain Jana Lok, 25 Field Ambulance

MEMORIAL PRAYER IN HEBREW
By Rabbi Aaron Levy

THE PRAYER OF LIGHT IN ARABIC
By Amjad Tarsin

PART 4

LAST POST
Played by John Loach

THE LAMENT
Played by Rory Sinclair

PART 5

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
followed by
O CANADA

Stay tuned for the tour of soldier’s tower….

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