Thursday, July 23, 2009

Canadian WW1 veteran turns 109

The Canadian Press Photo: Canadian First World War veteran, John Babcock displays commemorative lapel pins that he was given...

Canada's last surviving First World War veteran turns 109 Thursday

Thu Jul 23, 7:15 AM

By The Canadian Press

SPOKANE, Washington - The last surviving Canadian who wore a uniform in the First World War turns 109 today.

John Babcock intends to celebrate in a modest way - lunch at his favourite restaurant in Spokane, Washington, where he now lives. He'll be joined by his family and friends and Veteran Affairs Minister Greg Thompson.

Babcock grew up on a farm near Kingston, Ont.

He never made it to the front because he was too young, but he cherishes his memories of the army. (source)

Thank you for your service, sir!

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