This summer, dozens of Canadians will walk up and down the stone-lined avenues of cemeteries across the country, searching for veterans’ unmarked graves.
The Last Post Fund hopes these first patrols of the new Lost Veterans Initiative will grow into an army of volunteers.
“Our pledge is that no veteran shall go without a headstone,” said retired Colonel Randy Brooks, the fund’s vice president for Western Canada, and lead of the program.
In the past 25 years, the graves of more than 6,000 veterans have been provided with a headstone or foot marker under the Unmarked Grave Program, funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and administered by the Last Post Fund.
But there could be tens of thousands of lost veterans yet to be identified. Brooks estimates there could be as many as 2,000 in Sask...