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Trent community gathers in remembrance

Trent University students, staff and faculty members took the time to reflect and remember on November 11 at its Remembrance Day ceremony, which took place in Champlain College's Great Hall.

Students on the Religious Affairs Committee organized the ceremony, which included the traditional components of a Remembrance Day service, along with other unique contributions. The ceremony included a reading of the poem When You See Millions by Prof. David Glassco, of Trent's English department. Trent's Spiritual Affairs Co-ordinator David French spoke about War Memorials and their significance in the context of history and, as works of art. The Otonaabe Women's Hand Drum Group provided the closing song.

President Bonnie Patterson addressed the more than 200 students, staff and faculty.

"We have been given the opportunity of freedom and the chance to become citizens of the world," she said. "We have also been given the responsibility that goes with it - to ensure that we as individuals continue to exemplify truth, integrity, tolerance, knowledge and understanding, so that as a community, a country, and a world, we move forward remembering, but not repeating, the past."

Students, staff and faculty participated in the service through music, prayer and the laying of wreaths. Student trumpeter Jenny Preston played O Canada, along with the Last Post and Reveille, and Muslim, Baha'i, Jewish and Christian prayers were recited. Four wreaths were laid - on behalf of the students, faculty, staff and administration.

Posted November 11, 2004

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