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Veterans Week and Remembrance Day 2021

At Sunnybrook, as the home to Canada's largest Veterans Centre, it is important that we ensure our Veterans know they have not been forgotten, and that their sacrifices for Canada will always be remembered.

During Veterans Week, and every week, we hope you will find an opportunity to reflect, remember and honour the sacrifices of our Veterans.

We thank them for their dedication and service to Canada.

Lest we forget.

Monday, Nov. 8th – Indigenous Veterans Day

We honour the contributions of Indigenous Veterans to Canada’s military.
Read about Joseph Lariviere, a Sunnybrook resident who served in the Korean War with the Royal Canadian Army. Joseph is Ojibwe and a member of Nipissing First Nation, near North Bay, Ontario.

Read Joseph Lariviere's story »


Tuesday, Nov. 9th – Sunnybrook Veterans Portrait Series

View the 2021 portrait series of Sunnybrook Veterans by photographer Kevin Van Paassen.

Visit sunnybrook.ca/ourvets to view the series »


Wednesday, Nov. 10th – Operation Raise a Flag and Meet Philip Cote

More than 30,000 flags will be planted around the Bayview campus for Remembrance Day as a symbol of honour and appreciation. The campaign this year will also incorporate artwork designed by an Indigenous artist, to be planted alongside the Canadian flag; a symbol honouring the sacrifices and contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Veterans in service to Canada.​

Visit raiseaflag.ca to learn more »

Philip Cote is an Indigenous artist, activist, educator, historian, cultural advisor and Ancestral Knowledge Keeper from Moose Deer Point First Nation. He created a drawing to commemorate the long tradition of service and sacrifices in war of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people of Canada. Read about his reflections on his process and artwork, which will be planted on Sunnybrook’s grounds this Remembrance Day.

Read Philip Cote's story »


Thursday, Nov. 11th – Remembrance Day

Our Veterans will be honoured with the sound of pipers and drums throughout the day, amongst other private moments of ceremony and thanks. 

View photos from the 2021 Remembrance Day ceremonies at Sunnybrook »

10:30 to 11 a.m. Sunnybrook Veterans Centre's Service of Remembrance

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional ceremony will be pre-recorded, and families, community members and Sunnybrook staff can watch it on television or virtually. It will be broadcast on Rogers TV (check local listings for details) and at 10:30 a.m. on OMNI 1. It will also be available at sunnybrook.ca/Nov11.

Watch the Service of Remembrance »

11 a.m. Moment of Silence

We encourage everyone to observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on November 11th, wherever you are.

11:15 to 11:25 a.m. Fly-pasts

Fly-pasts are planned by the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association in various directions over the Veterans Centre with the hopes that everyone will catch a glimpse. Weather permitting. Viewers must respect physical distancing guidelines.


Messages of support

A message from the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Lawrence MacAulay

A message from Jack Armstrong, Toronto Raptors broadcaster

Follow Sunnybrook on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for more stories and photos throughout Veterans Week.