RMC one of 14 universities to commemorate l’École Polytechnique de Montréal tragedy with a beam of light 

The Kingston skyline will include a single beam of light shining from the parade square of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) on December 6, 2019, from approximately 5:10 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The beam is one of 14 that will shine that night from universities across Canada to commemorate the 14 women murdered on December 6, 1989, at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. 

The lighting of the beams at the universities will be synchronized with 14 similar rays shining over Montreal from the top of Mount Royal, an event that will be broadcast live by Radio-Canada and CBC as part of a national 30-minute ceremony.

Read more about the 2018 Remembrance event: RMC Student remember École Polytechnique students on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The lighting of the beam at RMC will take place during a simple, sombre, half-hour vigil for students, staff, faculty, and members of the community. 

It will include the reading of two poems (one in French and one in English) and the reading of the names of those who died. 

Fourteen officer cadets in uniform will come forward individually to read the name of each victim. Each officer cadet will symbolize the promise lost that tragic day 30 years ago in Montréal. 

The ceremony will conclude with a minute of silence and reflection.

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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