Media Advisory - University of Saskatchewan to honour students, faculty and staff who fought in WWI

The University of Saskatchewan will kick off a series of events to commemorate the First World War with a special ceremony to honour the U of S students, faculty and staff who fought in the war.

A number of memorial ribbons currently displayed throughout the Peter MacKinnon Building list the names of 349 men and one woman from the U of S who served during the war. In a special tribute ceremony, university officials will unveil a plaque with 18 additional names of U of S personnel who served, but were previously omitted from the displays in the building. This important addition will then complete the entire list of university faculty, staff and students who served their country in WWI.

Speakers will include Chancellor Emerita Vera Pezer, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Gordon Barnhart, and history student Eric Story. A trumpet solo by Professor Dean McNeil from the Department of Music will be played to honour those named and their families.

August 7, 2014


Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building

105 Administration Place

University of Saskatchewan

Metered parking is available in front and behind of the Administration Building.

Media are invited to attend the ceremony and can arrange interviews with Bill Waiser, distinguished professor emeritus of history and chair of the U of S Great War Commemoration Committee.

Summer 2014 marks the centennial of the beginning of the First World War, with activities taking place across the country. Led by the U of S Great War Commemoration Committee, this ceremony is the first in a series of special events that will take place over the next four years to commemorate the university's role in WWI.


For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Thoma

Media Relations Specialist

University of Saskatchewan

Share this story