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Photo Opportunity: Manulife Displays Over 12,000 Canadian Flags to Remember Our Fallen Heroes

October 29, 2020


TORONTO – A display honouring Canadian Armed Forces members who made the ultimate sacrifice will be on display from November 4 to November 11, 2020 for viewing at Manulife's global headquarters in Toronto.

As a gesture of thanks and remembrance, and in continuing a beloved tradition for the sixth straight year, more than 12,000 flags will be planted on the front lawn of Manulife headquarters at 200 Bloor Street East, honouring members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have fallen in service during war and peacekeeping missions. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the second world war, and reminds us of the efforts made by Canadians who fought and died to defend and promote freedom, democracy and human rights. 

Manulife will continue to support the Royal Canadian Legion by encouraging employees to purchase a poppy and/or mask through the Legion’s website in lieu of poppy donation boxes usually available on site. #ManulifeRemembers will be used on Manulife social media channels to further support and encourage this initiative.    

Reporters who wish to visit the grounds to capture images and/or video of the flag display between November 3 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. through to November 11 at 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. should pre-schedule their visit using the contact details below. Interview requests with Manulife spokespeople will be available on request via phone or virtually over video.

In line with government guidance, there will be appropriate physical distancing in place on the grounds and there will be no live ceremony this year.


When:  Wednesday, November 4 to Wednesday, November 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

The flags will be physically planted on Tuesday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Media should pre-schedule their visit by contacting Jessica Tyler, at 416-428-5455 or by email at  


Where: 200 Bloor St. E., Toronto - Front lawn of Manulife's global headquarters.

Media to enter via the St Paul’s entrance where security will meet and escort you to the flag grounds. Please identify yourself as Media upon arrival as there will be no Manulife media contacts on site.


Who:       Phone or virtual interviews with a Manulife spokesperson are available upon request.  



About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Canada, Asia, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2019, we had more than 35,000 employees, over 98,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 30 million customers. As of June 30, 2020, we had $1.2 trillion (US$0.9 trillion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $30.6 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 155 years. We trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.


Media Contact                           

Jessica Tyler                            


416 428 5455