The Last Post Fund annual Commemorative Ceremonies took
Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th in Montreal.
The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, was the Guest of Honour.
The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence and
RAdm Barry Keeler (retired), President of the Last Post Fund
The Last Post Funds Annual Commemorative Ceremonies took place on Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th.
On Saturday June 3rd, a ceremony honouring the memory of sailors took place by the historical Clock Tower in Old Montreal. Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier, Deputy Commander or the Royal Canadian Navy was a gracious guest of Honour and spoke highly of HMCS Donnaconna, who provided precious assistance to flood victims in recent weeks.
On Sunday morning, a small group gathered to pay respects at the Field of Honour of Mount-Royal cemetery, before the larger ceremony in the West later that day in Pointe-Clare.
The Ceremony at the National Field of Honour was a great success. The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, was the Guest of Honour for the occasion.
The Last Post Fund would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Commemorative Ceremonies and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Bad weather on January 13th 2017 caused an electrical wire belonging to the National Field of Honour, in Point-Claire, to break. Immediate repairs were required due to safety concerns caused by the live wire being on the ground, and the resulting power outage in the office and chapel. To undertake said repairs, a heavy truck and its equipment had to be driven to the location across the cemetery, and serious damages occurred in two areas.
It is impossible to properly repair land containing caskets and urns during the winter. The risk of damaging caskets and urns is so high that it was impossible to proceed at that time. In the spring, it is crucial to wait till the ground thaws and for the land to have drained itself and stabilized before proceeding in order to ensure the respect and integrity of the caskets and urns in the ground. The heavy spring rains have also contributed to the delays in repair works.
We would like to reassure everyone: the respect we hold for Veterans and their families drives us to take every measure necessary to quickly repair damages occurred last winter. As soon as weather permits, we will level the Field and care for the stones. We confirm that this work is our highest priority and that we are monitoring meteorological conditions and humidity level of the soil in order to react responsibly as soon as possible.
National Field of Honour management, May 4th 2017
Victoria, BC, April 3, 2017 – Alistair Vigier appeared in BC Business’s 30 under 30 in the April magazine. Vigier worked for the Department of National Defence from 2007-2014 and was shot while on operation in 2009. After being medically released and recovering, Vigier started his career in marketing and sales with The Commissionaires.
In 2014 Vigier joined the Last Post Fund as a board member of the British Columbia office.
“I wanted to give back to the community and The Last Post Fund was something that was close to my heart. Throughout my medical release, I met a lot of veterans who were injured in Afghanistan or in other parts of the world,” said Vigier.
The Last Post Fund is a non-profit organization that has existed since 1909. The Last Post Fund raises funds for veterans who were honourably discharged and have fallen on hard times. It is the goal of The Last Post Fund to make sure that every Canadian veteran can afford a funeral.
The Last Post Fund wants to raise awareness of the fund, as many families of veterans do not know that the fund exists. If you know of a veteran who recently deceased, please contact the Last Post Fund. Toll Free 1 800 465-7113
In the case of a Veteran with a spouse or dependent children (or both), the combined assets of the couple are considered, excluding the following:
• A base amount of $35,738 (raised from $12,015 on October 1st 2016)
• $700 per dependent child
• The family house and vehicle
• Income received during the month of death
On top of Vigier's volunteer work with the Last Post Fund, Vigier works in Investor Relations for HART Legal. HART Legal now has sixteen law firms throughout North America.
You can learn more about Vigier by viewing the BC BUSINESS article here: https://www.bcbusiness.ca/30-under-30-winner-Alistair-Vigier
Remembrance Day 2016
THANKS TO COMMISSIONNAIRES—QUEBEC
for their donation of $10,000 to the National Field of Honour
At the close of the Remembrance Day ceremony at the NFOH, the Chairman of the board of Commissionaires du Québec, Col Jean Forget(Ret’d), presented a cheque of $10,000 to the Last Post Fund Quebec branch that manages the NFOH. The Last Post Fund would like to thank Mr. Forget for his support during his term as Chairman of the Board of Commissionaires du Québec. We wish you good luck in your future endeavors
Click here if you would like to donate to the Last Post Fund.
Left to right : BGen Pierre Boucher, Col Michel Crowe, Col Jean Forget, BGen Gaston Côté, Maj Serge Gélinas, Capt(N) Peter Langlais. All are retired members of the Canadian Forces.
Arthur Hair, founder of the Last Post Fund
THE YEAR IN BRIEF
A few statistics from 2015-2016
Funeral and Burial Program
The Last Post Fund approved 1,174 applications for grants (of which 58 for Allied Veterans), compared to 1,186 the previous year. Total payments reached $7,671,565.
445 Modern-Day Veterans receiving a disability compensation qualified for funeral and burial assistance through means-testing in accordance with the Veterans Burial Regulations. Veterans Affairs provided $483,249 for the delivery of 548 markers through the Program.
Unmarked Grave Program
During the year, 344 markers were installed. Total cost for Veterans Affairs Canada: $483,249. Three headstones were installed through the National Defence Marker Program, at a cost of $4,756. Since the inception of the Program in 1996, the graves of 3,682 Veterans have been identified and properly marked across the country. Total expenditure: $2,622,281.
National Field of Honour
220 burials were conducted at the Field of Honour. Since 1930, the year of its inauguration, 21,853 burials have taken place at this unique military cemetery.
All Veterans have become eligible for the Funeral and Burial Program administered by the Fund on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada. Donation funds are used exclusively to support activities that complement the Funeral and Burial Program. The Last Post Fund received $274,624 in charity donations in 2015-2016.