Memorial for William George Barker VC
Event included WWI vintage aircraft and RCAF CF-18 fly-past
Toronto, September 27, 2011 – On Thursday afternoon, September 22nd, a newly commissioned monument in honour of the most decorated war hero in the history of Canada, the British Empire and the Commonwealth of Nations, was unveiled on the steps of Mount Pleasant Mausoleum.
Installed at the direction of modern day descendants of Lieutenant Colonel William George Barker VC, the memorial was revealed by The Honourable David C. Onley, O. Ont, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Speakers at the unveiling included Lieutenant General André Deschamps, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force, Wayne Ralph, author of a William Barker biography, and Ian Mackenzie, grandson of the World War I hero.
“We are honoured Mount Pleasant is the chosen home for a permanent tribute to Canada’s First World War fighter ace and Victoria Cross recipient, William Barker,” said Glenn McClary, president and CEO, Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries. “Our close association with Canada’s armed forces dates from 1917, and the establishment of the country’s first veterans’ section, and continues to the present day with a series of memorial events, services and other events.”