The University of New Brunswick’s fourth annual UNB Remembers ceremony will be held in Fredericton on Friday, Nov. 4, beginning at 12 p.m. in the Memorial Hall auditorium. Featuring reflections and contributions from UNB faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members, this annual event commemorates the contribution UNB members have made to the global community through their service and sacrifices in wartime and beyond.
This year’s ceremony will feature biographies of John Dolan and Stewart Kitchen, UNB alumni who were killed in action during the First World War. These biographies have been prepared by George Street Middle School students, with the support of James Rowinski, a UNB PhD student in education, and will be delivered by Rachel Boucher and Mohammed Shawesh, grade 7 students at George Street Middle School.
In addition, UNB President Emeritus Dr. John McLaughlin will reflect on the service of his father, Maj. Archie McLaughlin, with the Royal Canadian Artillery in the Second World War and his contribution to the UNB and academic communities upon his return. Dr. McLaughlin will also speak about how New Brunswick became a world leader in the emerging field of geomatics, led by a group of New Brunswick veterans.
The ceremony will also feature members of the UNB History Society reading letters sent home by UNB alumni from the First and Second World Wars. As well, the Saint John String Quartet will offer selections from First World War composers starting at 11:30 a.m., preceding the ceremony. A traditional Act of Remembrance and wreath laying will take place. Members of the UNB community are invited to lay a wreath.
The UNB Remembers ceremony is also a way for UNB students, faculty, and staff to reflect on the importance of the day in their own lives.
“Remembrance Day was an integral part of my childhood,” says Wilfred Langmaid, a UNB student advocate. “My grandmother lived with us while I was growing up, and her eldest son was killed in action in Holland in 1944. I am personally grateful to the organizers of UNB Remembers for offering me an opportunity to intentionally focus on the reality of the bravery and sacrifice of so many and for offering our current students a tangible reminder of UNB’s tie to the wars of the past century.”
Following the ceremony, at 1 p.m., the UNB Art Centre will open Souterrain Impressions, a travelling exhibition from the Canadigm Group, which features 3-D recreations of etchings and drawings found in the tunnels below Vimy Ridge. A reception will follow.
All members of the public and the UNB community are invited to join us. This special ceremony will also be live streamed.
For more details and those who wish to lay a wreath, please contact Sarah King.
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