U of T marks Remembrance Day across its three campuses

Wisdom Tettey during Remembrance Day ceremony
Principal Wisdom Tettey delivers remarks at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Meeting Place on Nov. 11 (Photo by Sean Liliani)
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Mariam Matti

Community members gathered on the University of Toronto’s three campuses Friday to honour those who served and fell in the First and Second World Wars, as well as other conflicts.

On the St. George campus, hundreds of people attended a cermony at Soldiers’ Tower, which included a playing of the tower’s 51-bell carillon, while hundreds more watched via livestream on U of T’s YouTube channel.

Following an Indigenous land acknowledgment, words of welcome and a performance of the Naval Hymn, Capt. Roland Llewellyn-Thomas, a member of The Queen’s Own Rifles and the Soldiers’ Tower committee, recited In Flanders Fields, which was written by U of T alumnus Lt.-Col. John McCrae.

U of T President Meric Gertler, Chancellor Rose Patten and Vice-Chair of Governing Council Anna Kennedy joined Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, and other representatives from government, the Canadian Armed Forces, U of T alumni, students and faculty in laying wreaths in honour of the fallen in the archway of Soldiers’ Tower.

A moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the fallen after the placing of the wreaths.

At U of T Scarborough, the the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Meeting Place, attended by U of T vice-president and Principal of U of T Scarborough Wisdom Tettey, included a performance by the string orchestra, concert choir and concert band. 

U of T Mississauga held a ceremony at the front of the William G. Davis Building that was attended by U of T vice-president and Principal of U of T Mississauga Alexandra Gillespie.

Here is Remembrance Day 2022 captured through the lenses of photographers at U of T:


UTSC Remembrance Day ceremony
The UTSC Concert Band played during the Remembrance Day ceremony in the Meeting Place on Nov. 11 (Photo by Sean Lilani)
U of T remembrance day ceremony
Hundreds watched as Rev. Richard Ruggle spoke at the podium near Soldiers’ Tower on the St. George campus
wreaths at soldiers tower
Wreaths were laid on Remembrance Day in the archway of Soldiers’ Tower on the St. George campus (photo by Johnny Guatto)
U of T remembrance day ceremony
Rev. Andrew Wesley, who sits on the council of Aboriginal Initiatives Elders’ Circle at U of T, read the story of the Cree of Hunters of James Bay (photo by Johnny Guatto)
soldier at Remembrance Day ceremony
Attendees at the ceremony on the St. George campus display their poppies and medals (photo by Johnny Guatto)
laying wreaths at Remembrance Day ceremony
Maëlis Barre, president of the U of T Mississauga Students’ Union, lays a wreath in front of the William G. Davis Building. She was joined by Alexandra Gillespie, U of T vice-president and principal of U of T Mississauga, and Richard Waters, treasurer at USW Local 1998 (Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)
President Gertler with a wreath
U of T President Meric Gertler carries a wreath at Soldiers’ Tower. He is joined by Anna Kennedy, vice-chair of Governing Council, and U of T Chancellor Rose Patten (at rear, in uniform) (photo by Johnny Guatto)
Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, attended the Remembrance Day ceremony on the St. George campus (photo by Johnny Guatto)
Bugle playing at end of ceremony
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, attended the Remembrance Day ceremony on the St. George campus (photo by Johnny Guatto)