OTTAWA, Ontario, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Last Post Fund has embarked on a national fundraising campaign, entitled In Memory of our Veterans, with Major-General (Retired) Lewis MacKenzie, UE, CM, CMM, MSC, O.Ont, CD as Honorary Chairman for fund raising and Lieutenant-General (Retired) Lou Cuppens as Campaign Coordinator.
"For over a century, the Last Post Fund has provided dignified funerals and burials for 150,000 Canadian financially challenged Veterans," states MGen (Ret'd) Lewis MacKenzie.
The specific use of proceeds is very well-defined with contributions (cash or in-kind) directed to these primary, urgent areas of need:
$1,000,000 set aside to facilitate the dignified burial of financially challenged Veterans who are not eligible for the Funeral and Burial Program
$1,000,000 to support the Last Post Fund's Unmarked Grave Program, whose objective is to provide a permanent military-style marker for eligible Veterans buried in unmarked graves. According to Veterans Affairs Canada, between 20,000 and 30,000 Veterans' graves are unmarked throughout the country
$1,000,000 for purchase and clearance of new land section at the LPF National Field of Honour
$200,000 for renovation of the Arthur Hair Reception Centre at the National Field of Honour
$200,000 for road repairs and equipment
$6,000,000 to sustain the perpetual care fund of the LPF National Field of Honour and to support other Fields of Honour set up by the Last Post Fund
Mission: The Last Post Fund (LPF) is a non-profit organization whose mission, since 1909, is to ensure that no eligible Canadian or Allied Veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial due to insufficient funds at time of death. The LPF delivers the Funeral and Burial Program on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada.
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