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Ontario Commemorates Passing Of Last World War I Veteran

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Ontario Commemorates Passing Of Last World War I Veteran

Cadets First To Sign Book Of Reflection

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Six cadets from Ontario were the first to sign a Book of Reflection at Queen's Park commemorating the end of an era and the passing of John Babcock, Canada's last veteran of the First World War.


Premier Dalton McGuinty praised the bravery of the men and women who served in World War I in a statement to the legislature. With the death of Babcock, the Premier said it is now the duty of those generations that follow to honour the memory of our veterans.

Ontarians are invited to sign a Book of Reflection at Queen's Park and to share their thoughts online at ontario.ca/remember.

Quick Facts

  • The battle of Vimy Ridge is considered a turning point in Canadian history.
  • First World War flying ace Billy Bishop was from Owen Sound.
  • About 50,000 young Canadians participate in Cadets Canada, a national program for youth ages 12-18 with sea, army and air programs.

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“Canada came of age during the First World War. Now that our last veteran of that war has died, it's our duty to honour our history and remember the bravery of 650,000 Canadians who served, and the sacrifice of the 68,000 soldiers who never returned.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

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