Obama and Biden pay their respects
March 15th, 2011
03:44 PM ET

Obama and Biden pay their respects

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama and Vice President Biden took a surprise trip to Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects to the family of Army Corporal Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last surviving American soldier from World War I.  

The president and vice president spent about seven minutes with Buckles's family members, including his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan, before a service to lay him to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Buckles laid in honor at the cemetery's chapel Tuesday morning for the public and congressional leaders to pay their respects.

He was interred at the bottom of the hill where Gen. John J. Pershing, his former leader and one of the Army's most famous generals, was buried in 1948. He died last month at the age of 110.

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  1. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Why are we told right down to the minute how long the PRESIDENT and the VICE PRESIDENT spent with the BUCKLES FAMILY? Was it a 'need to know'? Did you media folk expect them to sit with the family and then go home with them to the repast? I think it was admirable, honorable and a genuine show of appreciation, support and courtesy to the family, that they BOTH took the time to be present at the service and burial of the late MR BUCKLES. Did we ever hear how many minutes BUSH spent with any grieving family?

    March 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm |