Memorial service held for Canada's last WWI veteran

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 1, 2010 04:12

SPOKANE, Washington — Family, friends and some Canadian dignitaries gathered in Spokane on Sunday to honor John Babcock, the last Canadian World War I veteran, who died this past week at the age of 109.

Babcock died Thursday in Spokane, where he had lived since 1932. At a memorial service Saturday, Gen. Walter Natnczyk said Babcock captured the spirit and courage of the 650,000 Canadians who fought in the Great War.

Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs Jean-Pierre Blackburn presented Babcock's wife, Dorothy Babcock, with the Canadian flag that was flying over the Canadian parliament building the day he died.

Babcock was born in 1900 near Kingston, Ontario, and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Regiment when he was just 15, lying about his age.


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