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Each year, the University community gathers to remember the faculty, staff, alumni and students who fell in the First and Second World Wars and other action.

The annual ceremony takes place at the foot of the Soldiers’ Tower on or close to November 11. All are welcome to attend.

Each service includes the recitation of the poem In Flanders Fields, written by University College alumnus John McCrae, the singing of traditional hymns, readings, laying of wreaths, The Last Post, The Lament, Reveille, and the royal and national anthems. A reception in the Great Hall of Hart House follows the service, and the Memorial Room museum in the Soldiers’ Tower is open for visitors. The carillon plays before and after the service.

The 2019 Service of Remembrance will be held Monday, November 11, 2019.

Carillon prelude: 10 - 10:20 am
Service of Remembrance: 10:20 - 11 am
Carillon postlude: 11 - 11:30 am
Reception to follow on the second floor of Hart House in Debates Room and Music Room.

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Please note that the reception will have a smaller capacity than usual this year. We ask that those wishing to attend give priority to the elderly and those who directly participated in the ceremony.

If you have questions, please contact: Kathy Parks, 416-978-3485 or


The 2018 Service of Remembrance was held Friday, November 9, 2018.

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In 2018, the carillon postlude included a new work by U of T alumnus Scott Allan Orr (BASc 2014), commissioned by Alumni Relations to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

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