Volume 95, Issue 40

Tuesday, November 13, 2001
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Confidentiality called into question

Sixth? Maclean's screws us again

Peaceniks get rowdy

Western remembers violent century of warfare

Walkerton doc issues warning

Western remembers violent century of warfare

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

The eerily familiar echo of a bugle broke a deafening silence that consumed the University Community Centre atrium for one minute Friday morning.

Leaders from an array of religious communities on campus, Western administration, members of the University Students' Council, Ontario's Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Western students gathered to remember.

"We gather here today as members of a free world, as members of Canadian society and members of this university community, to remember the courage, devotion and sacrifice of those who laid down their lives for the cause of freedom in the service worthy of their country," began Western acting VP-administration Susan Grindrod.

Representatives from Western's Muslim Students' Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, the Jewish Students' Union, the Hindu Students' Association and the Richard Ivey School of Business all lit candles and spoke a line of prayer.

"On behalf of the Muslim community at Western, we would like to extend our sorrow to those victimized by acts of war," said Husam El-Kassem of the MSA.

"I'm very grateful to the people who organized [the ceremony]. There was representation of the various faiths on campus and I think we can all relate to each other now. We have a notion of understanding," he said afterwards.

"There is such leadership at this university. The ceremony was an excellent bridge to cross all sectors of religious meaning – people will remember for the rest of their lives the service that took place here today," said Dianne Cunningham, Ontario's Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (MP-London North Centre) said after the ceremony.

Paul Hong, the University Students' Council's remembrance commissioner, said he was pleased with the large gathering of people for the service.

"Living in peace in Canada, we often forget that the last century was the most violent period in Canadian history," he said.

"Let us never forget our history and have the courage to move forward."

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