Tuesday, July 28, 2009

WWI Veterans Update

The already short list of WWI veterans just got even shorter. Just a few days after I wrote about this topic, the last British veteran of WWI, Harry Patch, passed away. Henry Babcock, the last Canadian veteran, is now also the oldest.

Although the Canadian Parliment has approved a state funeral for the last Canadian WWI veteran, in 2007 the remaining veterans rejected the idea on the basis that we should honour all of the soldiers, not only the last one. I think they are right as a state funeral would soon be forgotten. But what would be the best way to honour all of the 619,636 Canadians who served in the First World War? Another war memorial does not seem like it is enough.

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