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Veterans Week and Remembrance Day 2020

In the middle of a pandemic, more than ever, we want to make sure that our Veterans know that they have not been forgotten, and that their sacrifices for Canada will always be remembered, even in these difficult and distracting times.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War ll, which makes it especially significant.

While we have had to adapt and things will be a little different this year for Remembrance 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. 9th – Sunnybrook Veterans Portrait Series

View the 2020 portrait series of Sunnybrook Veterans by photographer Kevin Van Paassen:

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Stay tuned as the series will also appear as part of the Toronto Star’s Remembrance Day coverage. 

Tuesday, Nov. 10th – 10 years of Operation Raise a Flag

37,500 flags will be planted around the Sunnybrook campus for Remembrance Day as a symbol of honour and appreciation.

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Wednesday, Nov. 11th

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Sunnybrook Veterans Centre’s Service of Remembrance has been pre-recorded and will be broadcast for our Veteran residents to view at the same time (separately or distanced).

Families, community members, and Sunnybrook staff can watch the pre-recorded ceremony on television or virtually.

Watch the Service of Remembrance »

Moment of Silence

We encourage everyone to observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on November 11 wherever you are, while respecting physical distancing guidelines.


Three 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. This is planned for approximately 11:10 to 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 11th, weather permitting.

Maple Leafs virtual event

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hosted a private in-person event during Veterans Week for the past few years, but because of COVID-19, they are hosting a virtual event instead this year for the Veterans. The Veterans will watch some players respond to some of their most burning hockey questions! A highlight video will be posted Wednesday, Novemeber 11 to the Leafs’ social media channels for all to view! 

Media and social media coverage leading up to Remembrance Day this year:

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

Messages of support

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

Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Darryl Sittler encourages Canadians to support Operation Raise a Flag: