As the Last Post Fund unfurls our new banner, many will be curious about the identity of the kneeling soldier. She is MCpl Jenny Labrador, and here’s what she had to say about that eloquent moment, so poignantly captured in this photo. read more...
Recognition for WWI soldier’s service
Lt. Charles Edward Blair had been in an unmarked grave for nearly 100 years. Middle school teacher James Rowinski first reached out to his local M.P. in February 2019 with a heart-breaking story dating from the First World War. Last Post Fund was pleased to take on the project of properly marking Lt. Blair’s grave with a military marker. read more...
Indigenous Veterans Initiative
The inaugural National Aboriginal Veterans Day took place on November 8, 1993 in Ottawa and is now celebrated all across Canada. We stand together in honouring the sacrifices of Indigenous Veterans on this special Memorial Day. read more...
Video: 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
April 9, 1917 … almost 100 years ago. All four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought side-by-side for the first time as one formation at Vimy Ridge. After four days of intense battle, nearly 3,600 of our soldiers’ lives lost, over 7,000 more wounded and countless displays of extraordinary courage. The capture of Vimy Ridge was truly an incredible military victory. On April 9, 2017… one hundred years later, Canada will honour this battle in France and in communities across Canada. 2017 promises to be a monumental year for our nation—the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. We are proud and will never forget those who served in this great battle.
Bells of Peace
November 11, 2018: 100 years
since the end of the First World War
The Last Post Fund was honoured to participate in the Bells of Peace initiative. On November 11, at the going down of the sun, communities across Canada marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells. The ringing of bells emulates the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end.
Legion Branches and communities held commemorative ceremonies and special activities to help Canada Remember. At sunset on November 11, the bells rang at Parliament Hill, city halls, places of worship, military bases, Naval vessels and at ceremonies across the country to honour Canada's Veterans and commemorate the end of the First World War.
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The Last Post Fund Now
The Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program ensures that eligible Veterans receive dignified funeral and burial services. The Program is administered by the Last Post Fund, a non-profit organization that has served Veterans since 1909. The Last Post Fund’s operations are based in three cities: Halifax, Montreal and Toronto. The National office is located in Montreal. The Last Post Fund is supported financially by Veterans Affairs Canada and by private donations.
The Last Post Fund Then
The Last Post Fund has been helping Veterans since 1909. Arthur Douglas Hair was founder of the Last Post Fund in 1909. One of Hair's military brothers, James Daly, died without family or the means to have a proper funeral. Hair was "outraged by the callous disregard for the deceased man's past military service". Hair wrote a letter to The Montreal Gazette and went on a mission to ensure that the military dead "no matter what their lot in life, were worthy of more reverential treatment".