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End of an Era: sign World War I Book of Reflection at Rideau Hall


national-war-memorial-november-vertical-credit-ottawa-tourism1National War Memorial in downtown OttawaThe federal government will commemorate the End of an Era – the recent (February 18, 2010) passing of the last known Canadian veteran of World War I, John “Jack” Babcock — at a ceremony on April 9 at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa.

A number of other significant ceremonies of remembrance will be held the same day in locations across Canada, as well as in France and in England. April 9 is known as “Vimy Ridge Day” as it commemorates an important victory for Canadian troops in a battle that took place that day in 1917 in France.

In the meantime, the Governor General is inviting the public to sign the Book of Reflection, which pays tribute to all Canadians who served during the First World War. It will be on display in the foyer of the residence at Rideau Hall from March 30 to April 12, every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.