The Annual Commemorative Ceremony at the Last Post Fund National Field of Honour in Pointe-Claire, QC.
This ceremony pays tribute to the Canadian and Allied Veterans buried at the Field of Honour.
Offers an overview of the history and mission of the Fund which delivers the Funeral and Burial Program on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada.
At the close of the Remembrance Day ceremony at the NFOH, the Board President of Commissionaires Quebec, Col Jean Forget, presented a cheque of $25,000 to Bgen Pierre Boucher, President of the Last Post Fund Quebec branch that manages the NFOH.
"This gift, he said, is not only a tribute to the noble mission of that unique military cemetery, but also a well-deserved contribution to its maintenance, its development and its perennity."
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Left to right : LCol Guy Rousseau and Capt Peter Langlais, NFOH Board members; Maj Serge Gélinas, NFOH manager; BGen Pierre Boucher, President, LPF Quebec Branch; Col Jean Forget, Board President, Commissionaires Quebec; and Col Michel Crowe, LPF Quebec Branch member. All are retired Canadian Forces officers.
Left to right: Mr. Jean-Pierre Goyer, Last Post Fund Executive Director; the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada; and HCol Daniel O'Connor, Last Post Fund National President.
12 February 2014 - Last Post Fund National President HCol Daniel O'Connor expressed relief and satisfaction with the recent federal budget. "I am very pleased that the issue of eligibility of Modern-Day Veterans for the Veterans Affairs Funeral and Burial Program has been positively dealt with in this budget," says Colonel O'Connor. "The Last Post Fund has been pressing for this recognition for more than a decade, and now all Canadian Veterans are eligible for this important program for the estates of Veterans who die with limited financial resources. From fulfilling our mission in recent years for ineligible Veterans, our donation funds had been virtually exhausted."
Since 1909, the Last Post Fund has had as its prime mission the assurance of a dignified funeral and burial for all Canadian Veterans who pass away with very limited or no financial resources. In 1922, the Government of Canada first recognized its obligation, on behalf of all Canadians, to provide funding to meet this need. However, in recent decades the Regulations governing the Funeral and Burial Program have stipulated that only Second World War and Korean Veterans, and those in receipt of a disability compensation, were eligible for the program, leaving out most of the more than 600,000 Modern-Day Veterans, who have also served their country, prepared to pay the ultimate price. Now, the government has recognized that all Canadian Veterans are eligible for the Funeral and Burial Program.
The Last Post Fund is grateful for the support of all Canadian veterans' organizations that have unanimously supported this demand, particularly the Royal Canadian Legion. Colonel O'Connor adds, "The government is to be applauded for doing the right thing in recognizing and correcting this issue, particularly in a time of fiscal restraint."
The Last Post Fund approved 1,174 applications for grants . Total payments reached $7,671,565 million.
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 for the delivery of 548 markers through the Funeral and Burial Program.
- Unmarked Grave Program
During the year, 344 markers were installed. Total cost for Veterans Affairs Canada: $483,249.
Since the inception of the Program in 1996, the graves of 4,218 Veterans have been identified and properly marked across the country. Total expenditure: $2,906,353.
Arthur Hair, founder of the Last Post Fund to which he contributed 38 years of his life.