U of G to hold Remembrance Day service
The University of Guelph will hold its annual Remembrance Day Service Nov. 11 from 10:45 to 11:20 a.m. in War Memorial Hall. In addition to an open invitation to members of the campus community, president Alastair Summerlee has invited about 100 U of G alumni in the Guelph area who are war veterans.
The service will feature a talk by Terry Crowley, chair of the history department, music by the U of G Women's Choir led by Marta McCarthy, a wreath ceremony and a reading and prayer by Rev. Canon Lucy Reid. Undergraduate student Andrew Baker, a 2002 President's Scholar, will perform on the trumpet.
A special symbol of the University's history – a silver rose bowl filled with red roses – will sit at the front of the hall during the service. It was donated by Guelph graduate Kathleen Dowler Riter in honour of a friend and faculty member, RAF Captain John Playford Hales, who was killed in France in 1918. The Hales family will be represented by Maurice Smith.
War Memorial Hall commemorates students who served in the first and second World Wars. The memorial chamber between the two entrances contains two stained-glass windows, "War and Peace," designed by renowned Toronto artist Peter Haworth.
The cornerstone for War Memorial Hall was laid in August 1923, and the building was dedicated on June 10, 1924. The building was a student initiative and made possible by financial contributions from faculty, alumni, government and the public.
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