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Kenora Great War Project Researchers- Becky Johnson and Judy Stockham

Photo left: Kenora Great War Project volunteers Becky Johnson, right: Judy Stockham and a Parks Technician at Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

The Kenora Great War Project originated with Becky Johnson who was deeply interested in researching her family history and her ancestor’s military service. In January 2012 she reached out to people she knew in her community, this included Judy Stockham, in order to research and write stories about all those listed on the Kenora Cenotaph.

Originally there was a great deal of participation in launching the project, however in the last few years it has only been Becky and Judy. In 2016, funds were made available through the government as well as the Lake of the Wood Museum to launch the website The site has a vast resource of information, pictures and includes 1850 compelling stories. 

Becky says “Working on the Kenora Great War Project has been fascinating, rewarding and a huge learning experience.”

Judy is a retired school teacher, and alongside her husband they have photographed grave markers in various cemeteries in the area, including two thirds of the military section of Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg and they have posted their hard work on

Since 2015, there have been 104 military markers installed in association with this project. The Last Post Fund would like to thank Becky Johnson and Judy Stockham for their devotion and hard work in researching and locating these Veterans unmarked graves.

Congratulations to Major-General Edward Fitch (Retired) for the Governor General Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

Edward Fitch - Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
Edward Fitch - Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers - Congratulations! Major-General Edward Fitch (Retired) has been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. The medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. This medal is part of the Canadian Honours System and is administered by the Office of the Governor General. Eligibility & Criteria Any person who is a Canadian citizen and who has made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad is eligible to receive this award. Candidates must have demonstrated an exemplary commitment through their dedicated volunteerism. Nominations are researched, then reviewed by an advisory committee, which then makes recommdations to the Governor General. The selection process, which may take up to one year, is non-partisan and merit-based. Presentation ceremonies are held throughout the year, in communities across Canada. Ed, Congratulations on this prestigious award! Thank you for your passion, dedication and commitment to helping veterans and their families.

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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Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program: Randy Brooks and Brad Hrycyna of the Last Post Fund Saskatchewan Branch back on CTV Regina Morning Live

The Last Post Fund’s mission is to ensure that no Veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial, as well as a military gravestone, due to insufficient funds at time of death.

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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.

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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".

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