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Alumni: Giving U of T more reasons to be proud


Honouring U of T’s heroes
More than a thousand U of T students, alumni and faculty gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars—and Soldiers’ Tower honours their memories and preserves the university’s heritage.

Remembrance Day 2009. Image: G. Toledo

The Soldiers’ Tower committee maintains and protects the Soldiers’ Tower, a 143-ft. tall stone monument to the sacrifices of these servicemen and -women. A Memorial Room inside features medals, photos and mementos of the men and women who served for their country.

The Soldiers’ Tower is a Toronto landmark and is the site of one of the city’s best-attended Remembrance Day ceremonies. Each year, the tower’s impressive carillon of 51 bells rings out to create a poignant memorial for the fallen soldiers.

Service of Remembrance
Friday November 10, 2017
10:15-11:00 a.m.
Soldiers’ Tower, 7 Hart House Circle

The university community will gather at the foot of Soldiers’ Tower to remember the faculty, staff, alumni and students who fell in the First and Second World Wars and other action. A reception in the Great Hall of Hart House follows the service, and the Memorial Room museum in Soldiers’ Tower is open for visitors. All are welcome to attend.

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
Read the story of Lieutenant-Colonel Thain Wendell MacDowell, a U of T alumnus who received the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April, 1917.

Schedule of Events
The Soldiers’ Tower hosts carillon recitals and opens the Memorial Room museum to visitors throughout the year. Please see the Calendar of Events for recital times; for museum opening hours, email or pick up a schedule at the Hart House front desk.

Kathy Parks, 416-978-3485 or