Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 19, 2010 17:54 ET

Joint Statement by the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff

OTTAWA, ONTARIO-–(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2010) - The Minister of National Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff issued the following joint statement on the passing of John Babcock, Canada's last known World War I veteran:

On behalf of the men and women serving in uniform, the Defence team and all of our families, we extend our sincere condolences to the family of John Babcock.

The Canadian Forces is proud to be part of history that includes brave men like John Babcock, the last known Canadian veteran of World War I. Our foundation is built upon the legacy of our nation's veterans, providing strength, determination and conviction. Veterans of his generation have shaped the leadership and professionalism of those who serve today.

We vow to honour his memory in our actions and our deeds.

Peter MacKay W. J. Natynczyk
Minister of National Defence General
  Chief of the Defence Staff

You will find a detailed interview with Mr. Babcock by Sgt Dennis Power entitled "Last First World War veteran shares war stories" in the Maple Leaf.

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