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Veterans Week and Remembrance Day 2022

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.

Sunnybrook Service of Remembrance 2022

Monday Nov. 7th The Last Salute exhibit

The Last Salute photo exhibit, created by renowned photographer Yuri Dojc and broadcast journalist Alannah Campbell, was unveiled on Monday November 7th to residents of the Veterans Centre, their families and staff.

Celebrating Canada’s eldest Veterans, The Last Salute features forty stunning black-and-white portraits and audio from many of the centenarians. All the Veterans who sat for their portraits are 100 or older. And 28 shared personal memories of their war years and lessons learned.

QR codes are beside many of the portraits, allowing visitors to look at Dojc’s evocative images, and hear the Veterans tell their stories from so long ago.

For now, respecting COVID protocols, the exhibit is limited to the Veterans, their families and close friends. But next Spring, it will be shown again, as part of the 75th anniversary of the official opening of Sunnybrook.

Watch The Last Salute: A tribute to our Veteran Centenarians

Monday, Nov. 7th Sunnybrook Veterans Portrait Series

View the 2022 portrait series of Sunnybrook Veterans by photographer Kevin Van Paassen.

View the series »

Tuesday, Nov. 8th – Indigenous Veterans Day

We honour the contributions of Indigenous Veterans to Canada’s military. Sunnybrook grounds staff will be reproducing Philip Cote’s artwork that was created to commemorate the long tradition of service and sacrifices in war of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people of Canada. Philip Cote is an Indigenous artist, activist, educator, historian, cultural advisor and Ancestral Knowledge Keeper from Moose Deer Point First Nation. He is Shawnee, Lakota, Potawatomi, Ojibway, Algonquin and Mohawk.

Read Philip Cote's Story  »

Thursday, Nov. 10th Operation Raise a Flag 

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 »

Friday, 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.

Sunnybrook’s 2022 Service of Remembrance

Sunnybrook is the largest Veterans’ care facility in Canada, which opened in 1948. We are honoured to care for Canada's Veterans; the courageous men and women who served our country in the name of peace and freedom. This year, one of our Veteran centenarians will be reading “In Flanders Field” in our Remembrance Day service.

10:30 to 11 a.m.

Sunnybrook's Service of Remembrance will be available to view on Sunnybrook's YouTube channel

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. 

12:00 p.m.

A beautiful video celebrating The Last Salute will beposted on Sunnybrook's You Tube channel. 

It features the 40 portraits shot by Yuri Dojc and quotes from interviews, recorded by Alannah Campbell. The Last Salute book is expected to be published in May, 2023.

You can also look out for media coverage about The Last Salute this week – on CTV National News, CBC, City TV and Global News.

Sunnybrook's Service of Remembrance will also air on the following local Rogers television stations across Ontario on November 11

Our sincere thanks to Rogers Communications and OMNI Television for their support at a time of need. They were there for us, they helped us to connect our Veterans, families and community so that all may be able to participate in this special service at the same time on November 11th.

Barrie: 08:30:00 a.m. Orangeville: 12:30:00 p.m. St. Thomas: 12:00:00 p.m.
Guelph: 06:30:00 p.m.
Orangeville: 05:30:00 p.m. Tillsonburg: 12:00:00 p.m.
Keswick: 12:30:00 p.m. Orangeville: 11:30:00 p.m. Tillsonburg: 07:30:00 p.m.
Keswick: 05:30:00 p.m. Durham Region: 07:00:00 p.m. North Durham Kawartha: 12:30:00 p.m.
Keswick: 09:00:00 p.m. Durham Region:10:00:00 p.m. North Durham Kawartha: 07:00:00 p.m.
Kincardine: 11:30:00 a.m. Ottawa - English:10:00:00 a.m. Waterloo Region: 06:30:00 p.m.
London: 02:30:00 p.m. Ottawa - English: 08:30:00 p.m. Woodstock: 12:30:00 p.m.
London: 07:30:00 p.m. Owen Sound: 09:30:00 p.m. Woodstock: 03:30:00 p.m.

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.