‘Emotional’ flag tribute at Manulife building honours fallen soldiers

Breathtaking, beautiful and emotional are just some of the words being used to describe the Remembrance Day tribute at the Manulife building at Bloor and Jarvis streets.

Canadians are marking the solemn day on Wednesday with ceremonies and services, and observing two minutes of silence at the 11th minute of the 11th hour. This memorial is one of many reminders of the sacrifices veterans have made for our freedom and for freedom around the world.

Ahead of Remembrance Day, 11,843 Canadian flags were planted on the front lawn of Manulife’s head office at 200 Bloor St. E., honouring the more than 118,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who died in wartime and in peace keeping missions.

The placard on the building gate at the flag installation reads:

“As a gesture of thanks and remembrance, planted are 11,843 Canadian flags to honour Canada’s fallen soldiers since the days of Boer Wars until present.”

“These Canadian flags are a tribute to our fallen heroes and their families whose sacrifices will never be forgotten.”

The display at Manulife for Remembrance Day “takes one’s breath away,” CityNews viewer Dayle Cleveland said in an email, adding it is “very emotional” to stand amongst the flags.


“Canadians owe a great deal to those who serve our country in the armed forces,” Donald Guloien, president and CEO of Manulife, said in a release.

“As a gesture of thanks and remembrance, we have created a flag garden in front of our head office, and we hope that people will have the opportunity to see this tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”


The tribute will remain in place until Wednesday.

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