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TRU Remembrance Day ceremony a time to reflect on everyday freedoms

  Posted on: November 10, 2017

TRU Remembrance Day ceremony held Nov. 9, 2017 in Student Street.

Nursing student Arman Gill provides the Last Post and Reveille during the ceremony in Student Street on Nov. 9, 2017.

Major Amadeo Vecchio reminds the audience they have a lot to be thankful for.

With another Remembrance Day upon us, we should use it as a reminder to reflect on the everyday aspects of life we take for granted.

“People might think freedom is something you read about and some people call it a cliché, but it’s absolutely not. Freedom is something that you need to cherish everyday,” said Major Amandeo Vecchio, who provided thoughtful reflection during TRU’s Remembrance Day ceremony in Student Street on Nov. 9.

Vecchio served in the Canadian military in various capacities, including in 2011 with Operation Athena as part of the Mission Transition Task Force in Afghanistan. He reminded the audience of about 60 people that we enjoy freedoms we don’t always think about, whether it’s what we wear, how we look or where we go.

Paul Michel, TRU’s director of Aboriginal Education reminds the audience of the roles Indigenous Canadians have played with Canada’s military.

“We speak our minds without mental hesitation or reservation and because of that, we sacrificed a lot over the last 100 years,” Vecchio said, pointing out this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele—also known as the Battle of Ypres.

He encouraged everyone to attend the Kamloops ceremony on Nov. 11 at the cenotaph in Riverside Park starting at 10:45 a.m.

The TRU ceremony was emceed by Chaplain Patricia Davies and included

  • A prayer by Chaplain Ani Gawa Khandro
  • A prayer by TRU Aboriginal Education Director Paul Michel
  • Reading of In Flanders Fields by TRU Master of Eduction student Paul Hu
  • Last Post and Reveille by TRU Nursing Student Arman Gill
  • One minute of silence at 11 a.m.
Master of Education student Paul Hu reads the poem In Flanders Fields.

Master of Education student Paul Hu reads the poem In Flanders Fields.


The Canadian flag as a patch on the left shoulder of Major Vecchio.


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