WASHINGTON (CNN) – Flags are being flown at half staff at the White House and throughout the country Tuesday in memory of Army Corporal Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I.
Buckles, who died last month at age 110, will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery today (watch on cnn.com/live).
President Obama issued a proclamation ordering on the day of his interment that flags 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.
The order also applies to all United States embassies and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
I think that 'OLD SOLDIER' deserved all of the honors he's recieved from this country that he served so patrioticly. My father who was age 91, and who served also in WW2, in the PACIFIC THEATER, was buried on June 7, 2005. I at least requested that TAPS be blown at his burial and the sound of a 21 gun salute. He would have been 97 this March 7, had he lived. I appreciate with my whole heart what the 'GREATEST GENERATION' gave or gave up for this nation! Is all of this hate & disrespect what they fought for?
The men and women who fought in battles such as: The Civil War, WWI, WWII, KOREA, VIETNAM and others should "never" be forgotten as an insturmental factor of this country. War is a terrible and brutal action. My father fought in Korea and he survived. He was lucky and has lived a terrific life. I am glad that Mr. Buckles is being recognized as an American soldier. NEVER FORGET WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY DID! God Bless America.