At the time, I noted that I wasn't quite sure what to make of that. But I discovered some interesting news today. First, Mr. Babcock's reasoning for not wanting a state funeral.
Q: There had been talk of a state funeral for the last veteran when that time comes. What are your thoughts on that?And even more interesting, the fact that Mr. Babcock, who lost his status as a British subject - the precursor to Canadian citizenship - when he obtained his US citizenship in 1946, has requested and received the return of his Canadian citizenship after expressing his long-standing wish in this regard when he was presented with a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in April, 2008.
A: Well, I became a naturalized citizen of the United States so I think that should go to a Canadian.
Q: [Dorothy] The last Canadian is dead.
A: Well, I suppose if they don't have anybody else, they can choose me. [Laughs] So who else is around? I am the last one?
Q: You're like the dodo bird, sir. There was some thought that when the last Canadian veteran passes they should celebrate all of the soldiers of that time. Is that a good idea?
A: I think they should commemorate all of them, instead of just one.
On May 9, 2008, Mr. Babcock was granted his Canadian citizenship. Thank you for your service, sir. And it's good to have you back in the fold.