BY ERIC NEILSON
It’s been a century, but Sheridan still remembers.
After the gunshots and the bombs stopped, the love and the support for all who sacrificed did not. Sheridan showed its support last Friday with an inspiring event dedicated to everyone who lost their lives. More than 200 people gathered in solidarity for the occasion, which was held at the Marquee.
The morning kicked off with a moment of silence which was followed by a choir of more than 50 people singing the popular Remembrance Day song “In Flanders Fields.” The presentation was orchestrated by Sheridan professor Greg Andrews.
After the presentation the audience was introduced to a massive wreath that was filled with poppies for support. “This is an opportunity to reflect on the freedom I enjoy day to day because of the work of others,” said Ditij Ganguly, a Computer Science student at Sheridan. “It’s the most important ceremony in Canada.”
The audience was filled with a wide variety of people young and old, student and faculty and kindergarten to war veteran. The wreath was filled with 100 poppies to commemorate the 100 years since World War I came to an end.
“Remembrance Day means a lot to me,” said Shelly Layug, a Social Services worker in Gerontology. “It means a lot of sacrifices were made so that each day we would have freedom and for the we should be grateful.”
The morning concluded with a vibrant room of people singing the national anthem in unity. “This event reminds me to be thankful for my friends, family and other fellow Canadians who fought for me to have the life I have today, and to appreciate the life and country I have grown up in,” said Winnie Murphy, a Bachelor of Film and Television student.
After the ceremony the crowd was reluctant to applaud, due to the occasion, but in the end they showed their to support to all the presenters and the choir. The choir was lead off the stage and out of the room by a former Canadian soldier playing the bagpipes. The audience waited patiently for the entire staged crew to exit the room. More applause followed after their departure. Lest we forget.