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Spokane man honored as Canada's last surviving WWI vet

John Babcock John Babcock

SPOKANE, Wash. - Canada's minister of veterans affairs has presented an award to a Spokane man who is Canada's last surviving veteran of World War I.

John Babcock received a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation from Greg Thompson at a ceremony Saturday in Spokane.

Thompson called the 107-year-old an "ambassador for all those who served in the First World War," adding that veterans are critical to the remembrance and understanding of that period in history.

Babcock, a native of Kingston, Ont., joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force at the age of 15.

He was soon deployed to England, but was too young to serve on the front lines and never saw active service.

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is presented to individuals who have contributed to the care and well-being of veterans and to the remembrance of their contributions.

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