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.
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.