With the recent passing of Canada's last known surviving World War I Veteran, John Babcock, I wish to stand up for our Canadian heritage and request that the Canadian Red Ensign fly forever at both the Canadian War Museum and the National War Memorial in Ottawa, alongside the Maple Leaf Flag.
Thanks to the support of veterans, including the late John Babcock, and the acknowledgment of their sacrifice by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Red Ensign proudly flies at the National Vimy War Memorial in France.
The National War Memorial, built after World War One by that grateful generation, was proudly dedicated, like the Vimy Memorial, under the pre-1957 Red Ensign with green maple leaves, the same flag beneath which our World War Two and Korean War Veterans served. The Red Ensign is not flown at the Canadian War Museum and I believe it should be there every day, to be seen by every school class that visits, as a visible reminder of our heritage.
There is no better way to remember their courage and sacrifice than to fly the Canadian Red Ensign, the flag that flew over more than a hundred thousand Canadians when they died. This would be the most fitting and respectful tribute possible to keep alive the memory of our veterans so that future generations may have a lasting reminder of their service. I respectfully ask that you support this effort.
Please take a look at www.flytheredensign.com to pass the word along to your MPs and Senators and other influential Canadians, and send this message along to your friends and supporters of the Canadian Red Ensign.