UNB Remembrance Day ceremony to be held virtually

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The annual UNB Remembrance Day ceremony will be held online instead of being on campus.

(Cameron Fitch/UNB)

For the last eight years, UNB has held a ceremony on campus to remember and reflect the effect war had on UNB members and their service.

Dr. Sarah King, director of experiential education and a founding member of the “UNB Remembers” committee, said that “UNB Remembers is an important way for our UNB community to reflect on how experiences of conflict, both past and present, impact our students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will move to UNB’s social media (Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn) from November 10 to November 13, where they will share stories.

“Though we will be physically distant from each other this year, the stories shared throughout this week remind us of the strength and history of our community,” King said.

According to Angie Deveau, member of the Communications Office, this year’s “UNB Remembers” will feautre diverse stories such as:

  • An interview by Barakat Alabbas, a second-year mechanical engineering student in UNB Fredericton and recipient of the Currie Scholarship.
  • Spencer Isaac’s essay, titled “Indigenous Perspectives on Remembrance”. Isaac is a a Mi’gmaw student from Listuguj who is also in UNB Fredericton, in the 10-month Bachelor of Education program.
  • An autobiography by Captain Christopher Lardner, a UNB Fredericton alumni.
  • A video biography by Alyson Savard, a third-year BA Student at UNB Fredericton, who is currently a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. The video biography is about Flight Sergeant John A. Bisset, a member of Class of 1942 who was killed in action during World War II.

Students and staff are encouraged to read and share more about these stories, which can be found on the website UNB Remembers.