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Memorial service for Canada's last WWI soldier



















SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Family, friends and some of Canada's top dignitaries gathered in Spokane to honor John Babcock, Canada's last soldier from World War I, who died this past week at the age of 109.

Babcock died Thursday in Spokane, where he had lived since 1932. At a memorial service Saturday, Gen. Walter Natnczyk said Babcock captured the spirit and courage of the 650,000 Canadians who fought in the Great War.

Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs Jean-Pierre Blackburn presented Babcock's wife, Dorothy Babcock, with the Canadian flag that was flying over the Canadian parliament building the day he died.

Babcock was born in 1900 near Kingston, Ontario, and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Regiment when he was just 15, lying about his age.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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