Message from General (ret'd) John de Chastelain

I am delighted to be the Honorary Chairman of the Mount Royal University Military Memorial Bursary Program. I am also very proud of the University for initiating this unique and historic bursary plan during its centennial celebrations in 2011, and now for choosing to recognize Canada’s sesquicentennial by elevating the program to permanent status.

In celebrating its centennial, Mount Royal recognized, through the establishment of bursaries in their names, the supreme sacrifice made by the students, faculty, staff and alumni who gave their lives serving in Canada’s Armed Forces. I can think of no more significant and appropriate form of recognition.

War is not glorious and the bursaries do not glorify war. But they do honour the memory of those from this University who heeded Canada’s call and who died doing what they and their country believed in.

Mount Royal University has a long and proud tradition of educating outstanding men and women to serve the interests of Canada by preparing them for future roles in a variety of fields: in politics, in business, in the professions and in the armed forces. In honouring those of its family who gave their lives in the service of Canada since the First World War, the University recognizes an important part of its contribution to nationhood. By enhancing the centennial bursary program to ensure the bursaries are funded in perpetuity, the University ensures that those in whose name they are awarded will continue to be honoured and remembered.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

A. John G.D. de Chastelain, C.C., C.M.M., C.D., C.H.
General (ret’d)
MRC ‘56