William Barker and the end of the First World War: a century ago

Two people wearing military uniforms and three in civilian clothes stand behind a memorial that features the blade of an aircraft propeller. In front of the memorial are several wreaths with poppies.
A memorial to Wing Commander William Barker is located in front of the mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, where he is interred. Gathered at the memorial on November 11, 2018, are (from left) Chief Warrant Officer Denis Gaudreault, RCAF command chief warrant officer; Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the RCAF; and Alec, Ian and David MacKenzie, Wing Commander Barker’s grandsons. PHOTO: Private Lynette Ai Dang, BM10-2018-0392-005

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On November 11, 2018, the Royal Canadian Air Force held its annual Remembrance Day ceremony in front of the mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, where Wing Commander William Barker, VC, is interred. Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force presided over the ceremony. Here are his remarks from the solemn commemoration of our war dead, of William Barker and of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

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