On June 11, 1996, the Last Post Fund amended its Letters Patent to create the “Unmarked Grave Program” whose objective is to provide a permanent military-style marker for eligible Veterans who lie in unmarked graves.
The Program is available to eligible Veterans whose grave has not had a permanent headstone or foot marker for five years or more, and who have not previously received funeral and burial funding from the Last Post Fund or Veterans Affairs Canada (as a marker may be provided under another Program).
As of June 2006, the Last Post Fund amended the eligibility requirements for the Unmarked Grave Program to include any former member of the Canadian Forces, or any of its previous services or components since Confederation, who have passed basic military training and who were honourably discharged.
Grave marking for those who served with the Allied Forces and who are interred in Canada may also be considered under the Unmarked Grave Program.
Proof of Service
Proof of military service stating rank and military unit is required. The Last Post Fund may be able to assist with obtaining military service records from Library & Archives Canada if supplied with the full name and date of birth of a Canadian Veteran.
Library & Archives Canada maintains a “Soldiers of the First World War” database that holds the attestation papers for those who served during World War One. This database may be viewed at:
Please note: The Last Post Fund does not have access to service records for those who served with the Allied Forces. Proof of service for Allied Veterans must be provided by the applicant.
Proof of Death
To process an application, we request that an applicant provides proof of death for the Veteran. This may include a document showing the date of death such as an obituary or card of remembrance, a death certificate issued by a funeral home or government source or a cemetery interment record, etc.
The following information is necessary to process an application:
Privately purchased grave markers or monuments are not reimbursed under the Veterans Burial Regulations 2005. However, partial assistance may be offered toward a military inscription on such markers showing proper rank and unit. Please contact your Provincial Office for full details.
Grave markers must be ordered through a Last Post Fund supplier to ensure compliance with the inscription standards of Veterans Affairs Canada. Information that is inscribed on the marker may include:
(Religious symbol of choice)
LEST WE FORGET
Depending on the type of marker allowed at the cemetery, the Last Post Fund may place an upright or flat grey granite military-style marker. When necessary, a grave marker of varying dimensions or special material may be ordered to comply with cemetery regulations.