To honour the sacrifice of our 22,000 Canadian and Allied military Veterans who are resting at the National Field of Honour, the members of the Last Post Fund will hold a commemorative ceremony at the National Field of Honour on November 11th , 2017 at 11:00am. All visitors are required to park their vehicle at the Eternal Garden cemetery located east of our cemetery. A free shuttle bus service will be available to bring you to the entrance of the cemetery. No vehicle will be allowed at the National Field of Honour between 8:00am and 12:00pm.
The Guest of Honour will be the Minister responsible for Native Affairs and Member for Jacques-Cartier, Mr. Geoffrey Kelley.
The Veterans Ombudsman, in consultation with the Veterans Ombudsman's Advisory Council (VOAC), awards the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation, in recognition of the efforts of these individuals and groups. The intent of the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation is to recognize and honour the exceptional dedication, hard-work and selfless motivation of an individual or group's contribution to Canada's Veterans and their families.
This year, Lieutenant-General Louis Cuppens, C.M.M., C.D. (Ret’d) has been commended in the Lifetime contribution category. Lieutenant General Cuppens is a Past President of the Last Post Fund and continues to be an active member.
The Ontario Branch of the Last Post Fund is please to invite everyone to a Commemorative Ceremony at the Royal Sappers and Miners Cemetery in Newboro, Ontario, Wednesday July 19th 2017 at 2pm. On this occasion, a monument will be unveiled honouring the lives of 13 Royal Sappers and Miners whose lives were lost during the construction of the Rideau Canal (1831).
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 2016-2017
Funeral and Burial Program
The Last Post Fund approved 1,151 applications for grants (of which 60 for Allied Veterans), compared to 1,175 the previous year. Total payments reached $7,693,639.
462 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 $551,007 for the delivery of 555 markers through the Program.
Unmarked Grave Program
During the year, 314 markers were installed. Total cost for Veterans Affairs Canada: $483,249. Since the inception of the Program in 1996, the graves of more than 4,500 Veterans have been identified and properly marked across the country. Total expenditure: $3.5M.
National Field of Honour
178 burials were conducted at the Field of Honour. Since 1930, the year of its inauguration, 22,031 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 $160,086.36$ in charity donations in 2016-2017.