On November 5th, 2019, Manulife hosted their 5th annual Remember The Fallen ceremony to honour more than 120,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have fallen in service.
Over 12,000 Canadian flags were planted on the front lawn of the Manulife global headquarters building in Toronto, as a gesture of gratitude and remembrance.
Each flag represents 10 fallen CAF soldiers.
The tribute allows passers-by to reflect and remember the sacrifice made by both military members and their families.
At the ceremony, Rev. Mark Sargent said, “We thank them for their service. For all the wars Canada has fought, we’ve claimed no land. We’ve claimed no space other than the space needed to bury our dead.”
Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Roy Gori, and Chairman of the Board, Mr. John Cassaday, were both in attendance, discussing Manulife’s support for the CAF.
Representatives from the CAF were also present, including Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson. The Children’s Choir from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School performed at the ceremony.
This year also marked 75 years since the invasion of Normandy.
Manulife representatives said that “This reminds us of the sacrifices made by Canadians who fought and died to defend and promote values of freedom, democracy, and human rights.”
The flag garden tribute to our troops is currently on display at 200 Bloor Street East, until November 11th at sundown.