Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

February 26, 2010 11:04 ET

Canada Joins Memorial Service for Mr. John Babcock

­­­­­­­OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), will join the friends and family of Canada's last known First World War Veteran, John "Jack" Babcock at a private memorial service tomorrow in Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.

"As the Prime Minister noted, the passing of Mr. Babcock marks the end of an era," says Minister Blackburn. "We as a country feel a tremendous sense of loss with the passing of our last known First World War Veteran, but we are committed to remembering the sacrifices of all those who served in the Great War."

As part of tomorrow's service, which was organized by the family, Minister Blackburn will present Mrs. Babcock with the Canadian flag that flew from the Peace Tower on the day of Mr. Babcock's passing. General Walter Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, will extend condolences on behalf of the Canadian Forces. Members of The Royal Canadian Regiment, with which Mr. Babcock served in the Canadian Army, will also participate in the service.

The Government of Canada will announce official plans in the coming days to recognize all those who served Canada during the First World War. In the meantime, Canadians are invited to pay their respects to Mr. Babcock and family in a virtual book of condolences available on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at Together, we will remember the sacrifices of Canada's Veterans and their fallen comrades.

Note – In order to respect the family's wishes, the memorial service is closed to media.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Press Secretary
    Cell: 613-608-3252