The lowering skies and chilly winds did not deter the Glendon community from gathering around the campus’ flagpole for a ceremony of remembrance on November 11th at the eleventh hour.
A large crowd of students, faculty and staff assembled to hear Principal Françoise Boudreau’s reflections on the meaning of the day, and to participate in a program of poetry, music and readings from eyewitness accounts by veterans of World Wars I and II.
Glendon student Kevin Friedberg (Computer and Drama Studies) read with emotion, in English and French, from Angela Gobeil’s composition, which was the winner of the Remembrance Day Veterans’ Affairs Competition. In a tribute to all those who fought on the ground, on the water, in the sky, who were taken prisoner, were medics, nurses or peacekeepers, and those who are “currently standing on guard for our freedom”, Gobeil had said: “we want to say thank you to veterans, and that we will never forget your struggles for our freedom.”
Ed Ciantar and Rashid Ennaffati of the Security Department were on hand to lower the flag, followed by the very moving minute of silence. Under the direction of Paulo Bittencourt, The Glendon Musical Ensemble Singers interpreted Canadian composer Eleanor Daley’s haunting “In Remembrance”. Next, Manager of Research Support & Special Projects Guy Larocque, who conceptualized and organized the event, read from the diaries of William Pecover, who was at Vimy Ridge in 1917 (in English) and Jean-Paul Gagnon, who fought in Normandy in 1944 (in French).
The playing of the national anthem brought the ceremony to a close in an atmosphere that reaffirmed that those who sacrificed for us and who continue to do so are not forgotten at Glendon.
By Glendon Communications Officer Marika Kemeny