It’s a special and powerful way to mark Remembrance Day.
A “sea of red and white flags” will greet veterans at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre when they wake up on Wednesday morning.
As part of the Sunnybrook Foundation’s “Operation Raise a Flag” campaign, 30,000 flags will be planted on the lawns of the centre in North York to honour veterans.
Those wishing to take part can buy a flag for a $25 donation. Click here to buy a flag.
Money raised from the campaign goes to the Veterans Comfort Fund at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre.
“When you order a flag, your donation ensures that Canadian veterans have a place to receive the best care for their ongoing needs,” the website reads.
“Your gift of thanks honours their sacrifice and supports the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre.”
30,000 flags to be planted outside Sunnybrook Veterans Centre so 475 vets here can have special wake-up tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/2SbyWfkt6h
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Flags can also be bought at the Artisan Market Gift Shop (K-wing), or by calling the Sunnybrook Foundation at 1-866-696-2008.
— Sunnybrook Hospital (@Sunnybrook) November 10, 2015
The flags will be placed throughout Sunnybrook campus at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Click here if are interested in volunteering.
The Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, the largest veterans care facility in Canada, is home to 475 veterans who served in the Second World War and the Korean War.
A similar display can be seen in downtown Toronto, at an emotional Remembrance Day tribute at the Manulife building at Bloor and Jarvis streets.
Ahead of Remembrance Day, 11,843 Canadian flags were planted on the front lawn of the company’s head office, honouring the more than 118,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who died in wartime and in peace keeping missions.