Community welcome to attend Nov. 11 service
Ceremony held in gym built 50 years ago to commemorate war dead
For the 50th time since it opened in 1951, War Memorial Gymnasium
will be the setting for UBC's annual Remembrance Day Services on
Services begin at 10:45 a.m. All members of the community are invited
to attend the memorial which commemorates the sacrifices of Canadians
who have participated in wars over the last century.
More than 50 years ago, students and alumni collected nearly one
million dollars from colleagues, the provincial government, the
Board of Governors, and members of the community to build the campus
landmark as a memorial to British Columbia's war dead.
Mounted in the entranceway are plaques with the names of UBC students
who lost their lives in the two world wars.
"I think that recent events have heightened people's sensitivity
to the impact of war," says Ceremonies manager Eilis Courtney, who
has been part of the organizing team for the past 10 Remembrance
"That sensitivity, coupled with this being the 50th anniversary
of War Memorial Gym, could result in a record turnout this year."
Attendance, including the numbers of students and families, has
steadily increased in past years.
This year's ceremony features an address by Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Emerita Martha Salcudean who as a child lived through the
Second World War in eastern Europe.
Other participants include: Vancouver Quadra member of Parliament
Stephen Owen; Dennis Pavlich, vice-president, External and Legal
Affairs; Gabriel Meranda, executive director, Hillel House; and
Erfan Kazemi, Alma Mater Society president.
During the First World War, when annual enrollment averaged 600,
697 UBC students saw active military service -- 78 were killed.
In the Second World War, 1,680 students enlisted -- 169 were killed.