Amongst the hundreds who gathered in Halifax to remember fallen soldiers was a group of students commemorating those, just like themselves, who went off to war.
“We at the student union gathered today to commemorate those students that died in battle,” said Shannon Zimmerman, president of the Dalhousie student union. Zimmerman was one of several university students attending the Remembrance Day ceremony in Grand Parade Square.
Money was raised through poppy sales in support of the Royal Canadian Legion, and wreaths purchased to honour the fallen were presented during the ceremony.
“I’m from the Engineering campus, which used to be the Technical University of Nova Scotia,” said Stephanie Hagmann, President of the Engineering Society at Dalhousie University. “So we are here to represent the students that used to attend the university before it became Dalhousie.”
Although Remembrance Day was once a day to commemorate those who died in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean War, the ceremony has expanded to recognize those who have recently died in Afghanistan.
“It’s to respect the Dalhousie students that did that, as well as the veterans and those that are still doing it,” said Zimmerman.