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September 16, 2022 7:01 AM

Conestoga to remain open on September 19 while observing Day of Mourning

Conestoga College will remain open on Monday, Sept. 19 while observing a Day of Mourning to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, in accordance with direction from the Province of Ontario.

Classes will run as scheduled and all campuses will be open.  Flags will remain at half-mast until sunset.

Premier Doug Ford has encouraged all Ontarians to observe a moment of silence at 1:00 p.m. on Monday “to reflect on the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her unrelenting commitment to service and duty.” 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared September 19 as a National Day of Mourning to mark the Queen’s passing. Each province and territory determines how the day will be observed in their jurisdictions.

 A state funeral for the Queen will be held at Westminster Abbey. It will be followed by a funeral procession through London and a private service for the Queen’s close family at St. George’s Chapel, where her coffin will be laid in the Royal Vault beside that of her husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April 2021.

Canada will hold a national commemorative ceremony to honour the life and service of the Queen. The ceremony will be held at the Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa at 11:00 a.m. It will be preceded by a memorial parade and a 96-gun salute, followed by a flypast of Royal Canadian Air Force CF‑18s. The ceremony, including the memorial parade, will be broadcast live.