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June 21, 2009 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Commemorates the Last Post Fund National Field of Honour, a Remarkable Military Cemetery

POINTE-CLAIRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 21, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, Senator, today unveiled a plaque commemorating the national historic significance of the Last Post Fund National Field of Honour. Several dignitaries and veterans attended the ceremony held at the National Field of Honour cemetery in Pointe-Claire.

"As I passed through the Remembrance Gate, I was struck by the splendour of the site," said Senator Nolin. "The Last Post Fund has created a place worthy of our veterans, granting them equality in death and honouring their sacrifices for our country. In designating the National Field of Honour a National Historic Site of Canada, the Government of Canada has helped to safeguard the unique heritage represented by these facilities for future generations."

Inaugurated in 1930, this cemetery is the work of the Last Post Fund, a non-profit organization founded in 1909 to provide honourable burials for war veterans at a time when the government did not assume this responsibility. It exemplifies the tradition of military cemeteries in the simplicity of its axial plan, orderly placement of tombstones, and uniform treatment of graves, elements symbolic of military discipline and the equality of soldiers in death. A place of remembrance, this cemetery and its monuments are a poignant and powerful evocation of the sacrifices of the men and women who served their country.

"Today, on the 100th anniversary of the Last Post Fund, I am proud to be part of the commemoration of this place of remembrance dedicated to the men and women who served our country. Here, we not only recognize a site that reflects the tradition of military cemeteries, we honour the incredible contribution that veterans have made to our history," said Minister Prentice.

The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, established in 1919, advises the Minister of the Environment on issues relating to sites, people, and events of national historic importance. The presentation of a commemorative plaque represents official recognition of their value for Canadians.

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