The Last Post Fund National Field of Honour reflects a tradition of military cemeteries in its uniform arrangement, the orderly placement of the graves, its monuments and its axial plan, all of which typify such principles as the equality of soldiers in death, military comradeship and discipline and perpetual remembrance. It constitutes a place of remembrance dedicated to the men and women who served under the colours, evoking some two hundred years of Canadian military history. Opened in 1930, this unique and beautiful cemetery was designated as a National Historic Site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 2009, the centennial year of the Last Post Fund.
The National Field of Honour is the only Canadian cemetery solely reserved for military and their immediate family members as well as any police force members who served on any international mission and their immediate family members. The cemetery was created when the need arose for a burial ground not only for the military, but for their spouses or an immediate relative wishing to rest beside them.
The rules of the cemetery permit burial of Veterans without means and of those who, although able to pay for their burial, wish to lie among their comrades. At the National Field of Honour, Generals lie beside Privates, Victoria Cross recipients beside those without battle acclaim, the well-to-do beside ex-service men and women who died penniless.
The National Field of Honour is administered by the Quebec Branch of the Last Post Fund. It represents is a permanent memorial of gratitude to Canadian and Allied Veterans who served their country. Overlooking Lake St. Louis, its entrance is signaled by an impressive Gate of Remembrance and a Memorial Chapel facing the Cross of Sacrifice.
Burial at the National Field of Honour is reserved for:
Any Canadian and Allied veteran who served in World War II or the Korean conflict, including members of the Canadian Merchant Navy;
Any member of the Canadian Forces who has completed the basic course or who died while on duty;tout ancien militaire libéré honorablement des Forces canadiennes et ayant complété le cours de recrues;
Any member or former member of the Canadian Forces, of the Royal Canadian Mounted police or other Canadian police forces who served in Special Duty Area or Special Duty Operation, or who has been appointed to serve under such Special Duty and who died during pre-deployment training;
Any Last Post Fund Director who served a minimum of twelve years as Director;
Members of the immediate family of a qualifying person, and the dependants identified in this person’s military records (PE 806), up to a maximum of six persons per lot .
Immediate family: Father, mother, brother, sister, or a person who had responsibilities and served as a father or a mother.
Rules and Regulations
The National Field of Honour offers the following types of plot:
Plot for 2 caskets;
Plot for 2 caskets and 4 urns;
Plot for 2 urns
Plot for 4 urns
Plot for 6 urns
Niche in our columbarium with a capacity of 2 standard size urns
A maximum of 6 immediate family members including the eligible member may share a common plot.
If the eligible member already rests in a plot at the National Field of Honour, his/her immediate family members may purchase a family plot with a capacity to accomodate up to 5 members. This limitation is based on the fact that the first lines on the marker are reserved for the Veteran and indicate where he/she rests in the National Field of Honour.
Although the niche in the columbarium are limited to 2 urns, immediate family members may purchase as many niches as they desire. The name of the eligible member must be engrave on each niche purchased by the family.
Only one marker shall be placed on any plot. The inscription on the marker will be done in the weeks following the interment of the deceased. The marker shall be inscribed in accordance with the Last Post Fund approved specifications.
No markers will be purchased nor any inscriptions will be done prior to the interment of the deceased.
Dimensions of the flat granite marker provided by the Last Post Fund are:
Normal Plot Family Plot
Height 30,48 cm (12 in.) Height 35,56 cm (14 in.)
Width 50,8 cm (20 in.) Width 50,8 cm (20 in.)
Thickness 7,62 cm (3 po.) Thickness 7,62 cm (3 in.)
All markers will be placed in line at the head of the plot.
The size of the Columbarium niches (one cubic foot) restricts the dimensions of the urns to a maximum of:
Height 29,85 cm (11 3/4 po.)
Width 29,85 cm (11 3/4 po.)
Depth 14,6 cm (5 3/4 po.)
The urn must not exceed these measurements.
Families may request that a deceased person’s remains be disinterred and moved to another cemetery. Any person who submits a request to the National Field of Honour management for disinterment must include all requisite authorizations as stipulated in the Burial Act (LRQ., cI-II). Disinterment costs shall be borne by the person submitting the request.
Families may wish to place tributes on a grave. These must be cut fresh flowers and special receptacles are provided for this purpose. Floral tributes will be removed after their appearance is no longer suitable. Placing artificial flowers, wreaths, miniature flags, etc. is allowed during national holidays and special memorial celebrations. Such tributes will be removed by cemetery personnel after a reasonable period. Christmas and Remembrance Day wreaths are accepted for a limited period. The National Field of Honour is not responsible for the safekeeping of memorial tributes.
Conduct of Visitors
Visitors to the National Field of Honour are welcome seven days a week. They must maintain a dignified conduct and see that children respect the dignity of the site. Vehicles shall be driven and parked only on the paved roads of the cemetery (speed limit is 25 km/hr).
For security and cleanness purposes, it is forbidden to walk animals in the National Field of Honour.
It is forbiddent to spray or deposit the ashes of a family member in or on a plot without special approval from the Last Post Fund. Family members are encouraged to purchase family plots now available at the National Field of Honour.