John Babcock, Canada's last known First World War veteran, was being honoured Saturday in a memorial service in his adopted hometown in Washington state.

Babcock died earlier this month in his home in Spokane at the age of 109.

Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn and General Walter Natynczyk, Canada's chief of defence staff, were attending the service in Spokane.

Blackburn was to present Babcock's widow with the flag that flew over Parliament on Feb. 18, the day he died.

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