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Frank Woodruff Buckles
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From one Harrison County, Missouri native born to another. Thank you Sir for your service to our country. Rest in His loving care my honored friend.
- Louise Taraba
 Added: Nov. 10, 2014
 
Thank you, Sir.
- Tom Carroll
 Added: Nov. 10, 2014
 

- LawBaby
 Added: Oct. 23, 2014
 

- Anna
 Added: Oct. 21, 2014
 
Thanks for serving our Country, I was also born in Harrison County, Missouri.
- Dixie (Wiley) Sanders
 Added: Oct. 4, 2014
 
For an honored Centurion.
- Kay and Duane Douglass
 Added: Sep. 28, 2014
 
RIP, Sir.
- Tom Carroll
 Added: Aug. 25, 2014
 

- quantum
 Added: Aug. 15, 2014
 

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- Sonja
 Added: Jul. 31, 2014
 

- Kate Cuneo
 Added: Jul. 25, 2014
 

- S Chaney
 Added: Jul. 24, 2014
 

- A.Olson
 Added: Jun. 30, 2014
 

- A.Olson
 Added: Jun. 30, 2014
 
Thank you for your service, during both World War I and World War II, and ensuring our freedoms and those of others.
- RLNT/Genea Logos
 Added: Jun. 19, 2014
 

- Donna B.
 Added: Jun. 14, 2014
 
Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.
- CHS
 Added: May. 23, 2014
 

- Lazer
 Added: May. 18, 2014
 

- j. bradley
 Added: Apr. 29, 2014
 

- Trapper
 Added: Apr. 21, 2014
 

- Olive
 Added: Apr. 20, 2014
 

- MosherSt.Munger
 Added: Apr. 13, 2014
 

- MosherSt.Munger
 Added: Apr. 13, 2014
 

- Nancy Wallace
 Added: Mar. 17, 2014
 

- StoneSeeker
 Added: Mar. 8, 2014
 
Frank Woodruff Buckles: Sir, you will be remembered as one of the last three surviving World War I veterans in the world, and was the last living American veteran of World War I, also the oldest verified World War I veteran in the world, and the second-oldest male military veteran in the world, thanks for your service, in your last years, you were an Honorary Chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation. As chairman, you advocated the establishment of a World War I memorial similar to other war memorials in Washington, D.C.. Toward this end, you campaigned for the District of Columbia War Memorial to be renamed the National World War I Memorial. You testified beforeCongress in support of this cause, and met with President George W. Bush at the White House. You were awarded the World War I Victory Medal at the conclusion of that conflict, and the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal retroactively following the medal's creation in 1941, as well as the French Legion of Honor in 1999. Your funeral was on March 15, 2011, atArlington National Cemetery, with President Barack Obama attending and with full military honors. A frail but sharp Buckles joined actor Gary Sinise in 2007 to lead a Memorial Day parade, and that evening his life was featured on NBC Nightly News. With the death of 108-year-old Harry Richard Landisin February 2008, Buckles became the last surviving American veteran of World War I. The following month, he met with United States President George W. Bush at the White House. The same day, he attended the opening of a Pentagon exhibit featuring photos of nine centenarian World War I veterans, withDefense Secretary Robert Gates in attendance. That summer, he visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Buckles was the Honorary Chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation, which seeks refurbishment of the District of Columbia War Memorial and its establishment as the National World War I Memorial on the National Mall. He was named ABC's World News Tonight's "Person of the Week" on March 22, 2009, in recognition of his efforts to set up the memorial. Those efforts continued, as Buckles appeared before Congress on December 3, 2009, advocating on behalf of such legislation. He did so as the oldest person who ever testified before Congress. On Armistice Day (i.e. Veterans Day) of 2010, he made a further appeal: "We still do not have a national memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor the Americans who sacrificed with their lives during World War I. On this eve of Veterans Day, I call upon the American people and the world to help me in asking our elected officials to pass the law for a memorial to World War I in our nation's capital. These are difficult times, and we are not asking for anything elaborate. What is fitting and right is a memorial that can take its place among those commemorating the other great conflicts of the past century. On this 92nd anniversary of the armistice, it is time to move forward with honor, gratitude, and resolve. Buckles did not meet the criteria for burial at Arlington National Cemetery as he had never been in combat, but friends and family secured special permission from the federal government in 2008.That was accomplished with the help of Ross Perot, who had met him at a history seminar in 2001, and who intervened in 2008 with the White House regarding a final resting place. It was on this date after 3 years, upon Buckles' death on February 27, 2011, President Barack Obama ordered that the American flag be flown at half-staff on all government buildings, including the White House and U.S. embassies, on the day in March when Buckles would be buried at Arlington. Leading up to the March 15 funeral, the governors of 16 states likewise called for lowering their states' flags to half-staff. The United States Senate passed a resolution on March 3, 2011, honoring "the last veteran to represent the extraordinary legacy of the World War I veterans". Concurrent resolutions were proposed in both the Senate and the House of Representatives for Buckles to lie in honor in the United States Capitol rotunda. However, that plan was blocked by Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. When asked for explanation, their spokesmen would not elaborate on reasons for the decision. Boehner and Reid instead advocated a ceremony in the Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery. Various people had supported a rotunda ceremony, including Buckles' daughter, a great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, and former Republican Party presidential nominee Bob Dole. Faculty and students at Buckles' high school in Missouri gathered to honor him on March 8, 2011.His home church in Charles Town held a memorial service, attended by the Episcopal bishop of West Virginia, members of Buckles' family and others. On March 12, 2011, a ceremony was held at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, to honor Buckles and the "passing of the Great War generation". The keynote speaker was former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers.A ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater Chapel preceded the interment on March 15.During the ceremony prior to burial, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden paid their respects and met with the family. Buckles' flag-draped coffin was borne to the burial plot on a horse-drawn caisson, and the folded flag was handed to his daughter by United States Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter W. Chiarelli. Buckles was buried with full military honors in plot 34, near General of the Armies John J. Pershing. Reporter Paul Duggan of The Washington Post summed up the occasion:The hallowed ritual at grave No. 34-581 was not a farewell to one man alone. A reverent crowd of the powerful and the ordinary—President Obama and Vice President Biden, laborers and store clerks, heads bowed—came to salute Buckles's deceased generation, the vanished millions of soldiers and sailors he came to symbolize in the end. In Martinsburg, West Virginia, on March 26, 2011, a candlelight vigil was held in memory of Buckles. Attendees made donations for a planned statue of him in Charles Town. In addition to being the last U.S. veteran of World War I, Buckles was the oldest World War I veteran in the world at the time of his death, as well as the last field veteran of the war. Following his death and funeral, there were two surviving World War I veterans, Florence Green and Claude Choules, both of whom served in the British Armed Forces. Choules died on May 5, 2011; Green died on February 4, 2012. thanks for your service and its a honor to preserve your legacy, remembering you after 3 years, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Feb. 27, 2014
 
You sure lived a long time, and survived two world wars. How awful to be a prisoner of the Japanese. RIP
- Amber
 Added: Feb. 27, 2014
 

- elaine bailey
 Added: Feb. 27, 2014
 
Thank you for your service to our country. Rest in peace, sir.
- Solitarieone
 Added: Feb. 27, 2014
 

- CMueller
 Added: Feb. 27, 2014
 

- Lazer
 Added: Feb. 27, 2014
 

- James Snow
 Added: Feb. 27, 2014
 

- Joy from Texas
 Added: Feb. 27, 2014
 
World War I (1914—1918)
- Scrappy
 Added: Feb. 14, 2014
 

- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Feb. 4, 2014
 
Frank Woodruff Buckles: Sir, you will be remembered as one of the last three surviving World War I veterans in the world, and was the last living American veteran of World War I, also the oldest verified World War I veteran in the world, and the second-oldest male military veteran in the world, thanks for your service, remembering you today, happy birthday!
- MFPS
 Added: Feb. 1, 2014
 

- BIRDMAN
 Added: Feb. 1, 2014
 
God Bless You for your service in World War 1. R.I.P. Cpl Buckles!
- Grace
 Added: Feb. 1, 2014
 
Remembering...
- jay payton
 Added: Feb. 1, 2014
 

- Maggie Mac
 Added: Jan. 15, 2014
 

- Lazer
 Added: Jan. 4, 2014
 
Thank You for your service Frank, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Jan. 1, 2014
 

- Rose
 Added: Dec. 12, 2013
 

- Carolina Grave Hunter
 Added: Nov. 27, 2013
 

- Olive
 Added: Nov. 27, 2013
 

- Olive
 Added: Nov. 25, 2013
 

- Klchild
 Added: Nov. 17, 2013
 

- Tony Cannon
 Added: Nov. 13, 2013
 
Remembering you on this Veterans' Day. Thank you for your service and selfless sacrifice.
- Adrian Cavazos
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
 

- Olive
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
 
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