For the past four years, each Remembrance Day has had a particular resonance as the First World War’s major milestones reached their centenary.
This year is no exception, and maybe the most resonant of all: this Sunday, November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war. It came into force at 11 a.m. Paris time on November 11 — the reason why ceremonies are held on that date/time each year around the world to remember those who died in combat.
During the First World War, 585 Dalhousie students and faculty enlisted in some capacity — most famously the members of the No. 7 Stationary Hospital, a field hospital that went to the front in early 1916. Led by Lt. Col. Dr. John Stewart (one of Dal 200’s Dalhousie Originals), the hospital of 165 doctors and nurses treated wounded soldiers — Axis and Ally alike — in northern France during the war’s final two years.
Learn more about the hospital, Dal at wartime and how you can take part in local Remembrance Day ceremonies below.
More on Dal in wartime
- “Spirit of service: The Story of Dalhousie’s field hospital in the First World War,” Dal News, Nov. 2015
- “The Great War and After,” chapter 9 of The Lives of Dalhousie, vol. 1 by P.B. Waite
- “Dal goes off to war,” Dal News, Nov. 2014.
- Dalhousie Original: Lt. Col. Dr. John Stewart
Local Remembrance Day ceremonies – Sunday, Sept. 11, 2018
-Grand Parade, downtown Halifax, 11 a.m.
- Point Pleasant Park, at the Sailors’ Memorial, 10:45 a.m.
- Sullivan’s Pond (gazebo), 10:30 a.m.
- Cenotaph (Prince Street), 11 a.m.
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