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A bagpiper plays at the annual Service of Remembrance


Each year, the University community remembers the alumni, students, faculty and staff who fell in the First and Second World Wars and other action at the annual Service of Remembrance.

Due to public health guidelines around COVID-19 and public gatherings, this year the in-person event will not be open for general attendance. We invite members of the University community to join us in paying our respects by watching the Service of Remembrance online.

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The decision to modify the Service of Remembrance was difficult but necessary to ensure the safety of the community, which is paramount. We have reduced the number of in-person participants and adjusted the ceremony format. This allows us to appropriately honour members of the University community while also respecting public health guidelines. 

The Service takes place Wednesday, November 11, 2020 starting at 10:30 a.m. EST.

Preliminary Ceremony Schedule:

  • Carillon plays
  • Words of welcome
  • Recitation of In Flanders Fields, written by University College and Faculty of Medicine alumnus John McCrae
  • Historical readings
  • Laying of wreaths
  • Last Post
  • Two minutes of silence
  • The Lament
  • Reveille
  • The Act of Remembrance
  • Royal Anthem
  • National Anthem
  • Carillon plays

Road Closures: Road and pedestrian access will be restricted around the Soldiers’ Tower before and during the ceremony. There may also be road closures due to the Queen’s Park ceremony nearby.

For more information, contact Kathy Parks, Coordinator, Soldiers’ Tower & Carillon, 416-978-3485 or