Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 01, 2010 13:50 ET

End of an Era: Commemorative Ceremony at the National War Memorial

 OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2010) - A special commemorative ceremony will be held in Ottawa on Friday, April 9, Vimy Ridge Day, at the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to honour the service and sacrifices of the generation of men and women who answered their nation's call during the First World War. With the recent passing of John "Jack" Babcock, Canada's last known First World War Veteran, Canada has lost its first-hand witnesses of the "war to end all wars."

The official party, including the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and other dignitaries, will arrive at 10:40 a.m. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in this ceremony to mark the end of an era.

Road closures will be in effect. At 8:30 a.m. Queen Street will be closed between Metcalfe and Elgin streets. At 8:45 a.m. Elgin Street (northbound and southbound traffic) will be closed from Wellington Street to Albert Street. At 9:00 a.m. Wellington Street will be closed between O'Connor Street and Sussex Avenue. Streets will reopen at 12:30 p.m.

For information on Canada's participation in the First World War, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

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