Remembrance Day At Veterans Memorial Lodge

Remembrance Day is a particularly important day at Veterans Memorial Lodge as we have the unique honour of caring for almost 120 veterans – one of the largest groups of World War II, Korean War and Peacekeeping veterans in long term care in Canada. To us, the phrase ‘Lest We Forget’ has daily impact and meaning, as we are privileged to care for and spend time with the selfless people who served Canada.

A variety of special activities will take place in our Care Homes to commemorate Veterans’ Week, including taking portraits of the veterans who live with us, sharing their stories on our Veterans Stories page, and activities such as themed movies, reminiscing, Afternoon Tea, and unique crafting sessions.

On Remembrance Day, we will host ceremonies, one on each lodge, that have been prepared with input from the veterans who live with us. Team members will be available in the morning to assist residents with formal attire. Each resident will have the opportunity to pin a poppy on a wreath at the closing of the ceremonies. In addition, a special menu for Remembrance Day dinner is being prepared by our talented hospitality team members.

Provincial Health Orders require all fully vaccinated visitors to visit in their loved one’s room or courtyard. Similarly, visitors are not permitted to spend time in common areas or join gatherings such as our Remembrance Day Ceremonies. We recommend that family and friends visit in the afternoon, especially as the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipe & Drum Brand will be performing in the upper parking lot from 1:30 – 1:40pm. There will be a large ‘Lest We Forget’ wreath in front of Veterans Memorial Lodge where families and friends are invited to pin a poppy in remembrance.

As we near Veterans’ Week, we ask that you join us in taking time to reflect on the enormous sacrifices by those in Canada’s military service, and to remember, honour, and thank the veterans who live in Broadmead Care Homes.

Thank you for your continued efforts in helping us keep everyone safe and healthy during the pandemic, and for helping bring wellbeing and happiness to the lives of the people we are privileged to care for.