Corporal Frank Buckles passed away quietly on February 28 at his home in Charles Town, W. Va. He will always be remembered as our nation’s last known veteran of the Great War.
As recently as two years ago, on December 3, 2009, Buckles, the honorary chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation, spoke at a session of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on national parks saying that it would be an excellent idea to establish a national memorial to remember the Great War .
A portrait exhibit of nine World War I veterans was unveiled at the Pentagon on March 6, 2008. Corporal Buckles was there – the last veteran alive to witness the ceremony.
Former Secretary of the Army Pete Geren who stood beside Buckles and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, “For those of us here today, we will forever put the face of Corporal Buckles on the Great War.”
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Source: Army News Service
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