Cpl. Douglas Younger of the B.C. Dragoons lays a wreath along with Wendy Klassen, director of the faculty of education at UBCO during the university’s annual Remembrance ceremony Thursday at the Kelowna campus.—Image: Alistair Waters/Capital News

UBCO pauses for a moment of remembrance

Large crowd braves heavy snow to pay their respects

Those who gave their lives in battle were remembered Thursday at the UBC Okanagan campus during the university’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony.

Despite a heavy and persistent snowfall, a crowd of about 100 people tuned out for the ceremony, which featured speakers, including Lt.-Col. Mike McGinty, the commanding officer of the B.C. Dragoons in Kelowna. Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the university and the local Royal Canadian Legion.

McGinty, who is also the associate director of risk management services at UBCO, spoke of the men and women he remembers at this time of year, men and women who did not come home from battle.

“War is a terrible business,” he said, adding life can be too, if not for the freedoms afforded Canadians by those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the past.

He said it’s important to mark Remembrance Day—albeit two days early—on the university campus because universities are places of free thought and expression.

“And that free thought and expression has been bought at a cost by our predecessors and current (military).”

McGinty said it’s important to bring that sacrifice from the abstract and that was why he spoke of the men and women he was thinking about Thursday and wanted to tell their stories.

UBCO deputy vice-chancellor and Okanagan campus principal Deborah Buszard said the annual event is important to the university for a number of reasons, including the fact the university in Kelowna has a close relationship with the B.C. Dragoons.

“It’s an important piece of our Canadian heritage,” said Buszard about Remembrance Day. “And we continue on with these events to honour the memory of the people who have given us the freedoms we all enjoy today.”

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Former Kelowna councillor and radio talk show host Barrie Clark dies

Clark remembered as a fair-minded ‘statesman’ who saw the big picture when it came to Kelowna

Missing Kelowna woman found

Christine Olsen-Meissnitzer has been located

More than $270,000 raised for Kelowna-based hospice

10th Swinging with the Stars fundraiser for the Central Okanagan Hospice Assoc. is a big success

Getting into the swing of spring

Kelowna garden shop is busy now that spring has finally arrived

Axe the tax says Kelowna city council

City says it wants B.C.’s Speculation Tax dumped because it could have a significant impact here

Wilkie returns home with three medals in tow

Paralympic champion returns home with a gold, silver and bronze from the 2018 PyeongChang games

Golden Knights win 4-1, remain undefeated against Canucks

Vegas gets points from 12 players in dominating effort versus Vancouver

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Parents respond to suicide alertness workshops

SafeTalk session discusses recognition and intervention awareness

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

New anti-radicalization centre in the works for B.C.

Centre aims to help ‘vulnerable individuals on the path to radicalization’ before they turn to crime

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. bravery, public service honoured by Governor General Julie Payette

UVic basketball coach Kathryn Shields inducted into Order of Canada

Most Read