Say Thank You to Canada’s Veterans

Every November, we have a special opportunity to pause, remember and thank Canada’s veterans for their heroic service. These brave men and women answered the call of duty, offering their lives to secure our freedom. Their bravery changed the world. Support Operation Raise a Flag!

Operation Raise a Flag celebrates Canada’s heroes and honours their sacrifice. On the eve of November 11, we will plant Canadian flags in front of the Veterans’ Residence Centre and Sunnybrook grounds. When the veterans awake on Remembrance Day, there will be a patriotic sea of thousands of red and white flags in their honor.

This installation of remembrance is our way of recognizing Canadian veterans and to thank them for their sacrifice.

Donations will support the Sunnybrook Veterans Grant a Wish program.

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Messages of support

  • All of Canada's veterans will be forever honoured by our family for everything they have done for our country. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!!

  • "When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men." Longfellow With deepest thanks and remembrance for my grandfather, a WWII veteran and all those alongside him fighting for our freedoms.

  • In memory of my father, Cpl BF Inglis.

  • Thank you ever so much. You will be thanked and remembered always.

  • Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication to our country.

  • "Thank you all! Hello Ed Staples(My Uncle).Served in the Canadian army WW11.Still going strong."

  • In honour of our Vets.

  • My mother, Catherine Fick was an active member in Royal Canadian Erin Branch 442. She was always to grateful for our Vets and the price they paid, and she instilled that in us even as very young children. Thank you so much from all of our family xox

  • In honour of Carl Dubin's service.

  • Our deepest thanks for your service. Sylvia & David

  • Thank you for the safe life you have given us all!

  • From paramedics everywhere: Thank you for your service. #ivegotyourback911

  • Roy V. Held

  • God bless and protect our Protectors and keep them safe. Thank you for all you've sacrificed. Lest We Forget.

  • Heartfelt thanks to all of you who have served and continue to have a lifelong commitment to our great country. You make us proud. The Members of Peel Police Communications.

  • In honor of Robert Clifford Smith. A courageous foot solider WW1 and a wonderful grandfather.

  • B Z Thank you for your service.

  • Thanks to all of you and I'm so proud to be Canadian!

  • We are forever grateful for the sacrifice the Canadian veterans made to give us this awesome country we now call home.

  • Thank you for all you have done for this great nation!

  • We are, only because you were there for us, standing between us and harm always. Thank you!

  • Remembering the greatest generation who went to war that I might live in peace in this great country! Thanks so much!

  • I'm a vet myself RCD(ret.), l'm proud to give money to all our veteran's.

  • Words cannot express my gratitude for giving me the freedoms I enjoy everyday. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Thank you. Daughter of 48th Highlanders

  • Thank you so much for your service. Canada loves you!

  • "for my father John W. Chadwick, Uncle Donald C Chadwick Died nov 15 1944 in Hoiiand who was trying to save live's May The R. I . P"

  • Thank you to all the Veterans and especially to my Dad Morris.

  • Thank you for you service to Canada

  • Words are not enough to thank you.

  • Thank you. You will never be forgotten love the Gilbert and Fudge Families

  • Thank you for your service to our country from the Sunnybrook Volunteer Association

  • "A huge thank you for your service. It is because of your service that we have our freedom today. "

  • I do remember you every day...thank you

  • Thank you to all our veterans no matter how old. You have made many sacrifices for our Canada and many others. God Bless and THANK YOU!

  • U are in our hearts @ prayers

  • I worked in a Veterans Hospital many years ago. There I learned the true meaning of the words, "A Band of Brothers". Thanks to you I have lived , worked and raised my family in a free country,,Canada!

  • "Thanks You" for you sacrifice and dedication to make our coutry safe.

  • I am honoured to be able to contribute in this small way. Thank you for all you've done for this country.

  • Love you & miss you so much, Dad

  • Thank you so much for selflessly defending our country. Your courage and strength will never be forgotten.

  • "We will never forget! Aon Employee Relations Team"

  • Thank you with all our hearts!

  • Thank you one and all. You are appreciated and loved.

  • As a son of a Veteran, I salute you and thank you for what you have continued to bring to this world.

  • Thank you for your courage, your belief in our country and your willingness to defend.

  • God Bless!

  • In memory of James and Joyce Wilson - Alex, Deborah & Mackenzie

  • Willing to give your life so we could live in democracy will always hold a very special place in my heart.

  • I miss you Dad. Thank you Dad.

  • Words fail to adequately thank you for our freedom.

  • "Without you, I would not be here. My thanks, my admiration and my love goes to you all. Thank you"

  • You sacrificed so very much. I thank & respect you!

  • You are and will always be my heroes. Thank you so very much.

  • Proud to be a son of a VETERAN

  • Thanks to your courage, commitment & sacrifices, you have enabled every Canadian to live in a free, democratic nation without oppression, which is second to none in the entire world.

  • Thank you for your service and sacrifice, God bless you...

  • Thank you for your service. In memory of my dad, Clarence Donaldson Lugsdin.

  • Thanks to the memories of Morley Shuman & Paul Kenter, Army & Harry Rosenberg, RCAF.

  • Thank you all for helping make Canada a great place to grow up in.

  • In memory of George Henry Beetlestone 1925-2008.

  • Thank You... We Will Never Forget.

  • We haven't forgotten. Thank you!!

  • Lest we Forget

  • Thank you. We do not say it nearly often enough. You are my heros.

  • Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice!

  • "Thank-you for putting your lives on the line for us. "

  • So grateful!

  • thank you...without you I would not be enjoying the life I do now.


  • Proud of you all Thanks

  • Thank you to all the veterns and to the current military people for keeping Canada free!

  • Thank you for the sacrifices you made to protect our freedom.

  • Salt of the Earth

  • Thanks veterans!

  • Thank you to the past, current and future veterans

  • Thank You for stepping forward.

  • Without freedom we have nothing. With sincere gratitude, thank you.

  • We will remember and support you!

  • "Thank you to all the brave men and women who helped keep us and many others free. We are forever in your debt. From the Punko's"

  • Thank-You for your service !

  • In memory - LR McNarry, EG McNarry, MK McNarry - veterans of WW2 - and to all veterans - thank you!

  • Words can't express my gratitude for your sacrifice. God bless.

  • Thank you for your sacrifice and the freedom I have. Love to you all.

  • For my Dad Pete G., my Hero

  • Thanks Dad

  • Your bravey has given us our freedom. Thank you

  • Freedom comes at a cost. Thank you for paying that price

  • Dr. John Convey With love and happy memories. TTFN

  • In honour of my grandfathers who have now passed on who fought bravely in WW2. Thank you to all veterans who have fought bravely for our rights and freedoms!

  • Thank you for all the sacrifices you made for the world's safety & freedom. You are often the overlooked & unsung heroes, but not to me!

  • "Thank you. In memory of my father, Roy Held"

  • In honour of all the men & women who serve

  • You have all earned our deepest respect. Thank you!

  • This gesture is so small compared the real action you took in fighting for this country. It is our turn to fight for you.

  • "Thank you! In honour of my father, Gordon Chatles Crowther. WWII DFC award"

  • Thank you. It doesn't seem adequate enough for all that you did, all you endured, all that you sacrificed, yet is it said from the heart. My Dad was a WWII veteran and I cannot believed what he survived so that we would be free. Just as you did.

  • In honour of my Dad who served in WWII

  • thank you for all of your support for Canada and Canadians. Greatly appreciated.

  • You made Canada what it is today and we are forever grateful

  • Thank you for all you do and for reminding us always of all that is good and just in this world

  • "Thank you doesn't seem enough. In memory of Felix Caperchione. RIP Grandpa xo"

  • Thanks for what you did for us!

  • My flags are in memory of James H. Wilson who fought and his wife Joyce who stood by him.

  • Dear Veterans: We are very thankful for your service. We hope that you are able to enjoy the best quality of life possible. We donate these flags in memory of my late Father, a WWII veteran and war amputee.

  • Your service to this country will never be forgotten - thank you!

  • I am a Veteran as well. Want to support all Veterans . God Bless

  • Thank you for your courageous service. Canada will always be indebted to you. God bless you and keep you, all the days of your lives!

  • We shall never forget you. We salute you. Thanks so much

  • Remembering my husband, Cpl BF Inglis

  • There are not enough words to thank you. My hope is that this will help.

  • You ARE Canada's greatest generation! I salute you and your service to Canada! Lest We Forget.

How Your Support Helps

Operation Raise a Flag is about sending messages of thanks to our veterans and supports Veterans Programs like our Veterans Grant a Wish Program. The Program is a resident-focused initiative that strives to provide an enhanced quality of life through the realization of heartfelt wishes. It is the only "wish program" dedicated to Canada's war Veterans.

Be a hero to our heroes. With your compassionate donation, Sunnybrook can continue to give our heroes the best care. Donate now.

About Sunnybrook Veterans Centre

Sunnybrook officially opened in 1948 as a war veterans' hospital; a place to care for heroes. Today, as the largest veterans care facility in the country in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, we are honoured to provide the best cognitive, physical, mental health and stroke care to 473 Canadian veterans of the Second World War and Korean War.

Mary Prescott

Frequently asked questions

What is the Raise a Flag campaign?

As the largest veterans care facility in Canada, we offer long term and complex hospital care for vets from the Second World War and Korean War.

In honour of this Remembrance Day, Operation Raise a Flag will help raise funds in support of the Sunnybrook Veterans Grant a Wish program. With your donation, heartfelt wishes will be granted in an effort to provide additional joy and wonderment for our veterans. This includes offsite outings with family and specially requested items to improve their experience and/or comfort while at Sunnybrook.

To date, some of the many wishes granted have been as unique as taxi gift certificates for a spouse to come visit, or the modest request for maple walnut ice cream at lunch.

Please consider making a donation in honour of our veterans. With your support, 30,000 flags will be planted around our campus for Remembrance Day as a symbol of honor and appreciation.

Where are the funds going?

Proceeds from the campaign will go to the Sunnybrook Veterans Grant a Wish program.

What is the Sunnybrook Veterans Grant a Wish program?

This program strives to provide an enhanced quality of life through the realization of heartfelt wishes. It is the only "wish program" dedicated to Canada's war veterans.

To date, some of the many wishes granted have been as unique as taxi gift certificates for a spouse to visit, or the modest request for maple walnut ice cream at lunch. Other wishes include tickets to sporting events, wheelchair capes, and trips to various Canadian cities or veterans’ hometowns.

The goal of the program is for every veteran to have at least one wish granted and each veteran is eligible for a maximum of 2 wishes.

How can I make a Donation?

  • Online:
  • Telephone: 1-866-696-2008
  • In person: Foundation Office KGW01
  • Mail in your buckslip: Sunnybrook Foundation, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

How much are flags?

  • 1 Flag - $25

After the first flag, each one only costs $20. For example:

  • 2 Flags - $40
  • 4 Flags - $80
  • 5 Flags - $100
  • 10 Flags - $200
  • 25 Flags - $500
  • 50 Flags - $1,000

Will I receive a tax receipt?

All donations of $10 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.

If you order your flag online, a tax receipt will be issued immediately to the email address provided.

If this was done through the mail or in person, a tax receipt will be placed in the mail and received within 10 business days.

Can I purchase a flag for my mother, father, etc.?

Yes, you can; however, the tax receipt will be made out to the individual making the donation.

How long will flags remain on the lawn?

We cannot guarantee the lifespan of these paper flags. Weather permitting, the flags will remain on the lawn throughout Remembrance Day and will be removed the morning of Monday, November 14th.

What will happen to the flags after Remembrance Day?

Flags are collected and recycled.

Where were the flags manufactured?

The flags were manufactured in Ontario and purchased from a local retail vendor – Toronto Flag Shop.

Can I dedicate my flag to a particular veteran?

Unfortunately, the flags will be planted on the grounds and messages will be combined for the veterans. If there is a specific veteran that you wish to honour, we will do our best to pass the message along to him/her.

Can I keep my flag?

This is not possible as the flags are not personalized and are planted all together.

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