Monday, February 28, 2011

Last living US WWI vet dies in W. Va. at age 110

Frank W. Buckles:  WWI Doughboy, Civilian Internee in the Philippines during WWII.  Here was a man and a hero!  
With the passing of the last WWI Doughboy an era passes quietly into the night.  Men like Frank W. Buckles stepped up to the line and more than a few, like Buckles, lied about their age to serve.  To be sure it was a different time then.  Patriotism was still a most honorable virtue and ties to both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War were only a generation or two distant.  We are here today because of men like Frank W. Buckles.  He turned 110 last January 31, 2011.  He's now gone on to join those who went before.

Where ever you are this evening, take a moment at 11:00 PM and be silent while contemplating the passing of this man.  Then raise a glass to his memory.  May he never be forgotten.

And may he rest in peace.

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