rest in peace

President Obama ordered special honors in memory of Frank W. Buckles, the last surviving U.S. veteran out of more than 4.7 million who served the nation during World War I. Buckles, who enlisted in the Army at the age of 16, died Sunday at 110 at his farm in West Virginia.

Here is what the President proclaimed:

“As a mark of respect for the memory of Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, and in remembrance of the generation of American veterans of World War I, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that, on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day. I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”

3 Responses to “rest in peace”

  1. 1 Sue in Minnesota
    February 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Frank Buckles may you rest in peace.

    110 years is a life long lived, amazing.

  2. 2 Theo67
    February 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I hope he had a good life. It’s amazing that someone was still alive who fought from WWI. I hope we remember the lessons from that war.

  3. 3 barb
    March 1, 2011 at 3:59 am

    God bless and keep you in His Loving arms, Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles. I have a feeling that a lot of your buddies were waiting for you so they could start the party. Thank you for your service to our Country.

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