Virtual Remembrance Day ceremony will be live streamed

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the University’s virtual Remembrance Day ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The event will be live streamed on YouTube and will contain in-person as well as pre-recorded components. Due to COVID-19 safety requirements and the ongoing public health concerns related to public gatherings, University community members are asked not to attend the in-person portion of the ceremony. Instead, the York University event will be live streamed on a special Remembrance Day website at https://www.yorku.ca/about/remembrance-day-ceremony-2020/. The virtual ceremony will begin at 10:40 a.m. and will continue to approximately 11:10 a.m.

Donation boxes for poppies are available in the Shoppers Drug Mart in York Lanes and Aroma Espresso Bar at the Quad for those living on campus. In addition, Legion 527 is accepting donations to their poppy campaign via Interac at legion527deposit@gmail.com (add “Poppy” to the comment field on the Interac transfer) or by cheque to:

RCL Branch 527 Poppy Fund
948 Sheppard Ave. W.
Toronto, Ontario
M3H 2T6

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the liberation of the Netherlands. It is also the 105th anniversary of the writing of the poem “In Flanders Fields.”

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks the signing of the armistice – on Nov. 11, 1918 – that ended the First World War. At 11 a.m. that day, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.

Remembrance Day honours the men and women who were killed during the two world wars and other conflicts. Previously known as Armistice Day, it was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.