Monday, February 28, 2011

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The United States' last surviving World War I veteran has died.


Frank Buckles, who turned 110 on February 1st, died Sunday.

Wikipedia reports the list of surviving veterens from The War to End All Wars has now dwindled down to two -- both British, a male and a female.

I always felt like The Great War got short shrift in my high school history classes; and, I guess from a strictly American point of view, it does rank below the Civil War and World War II in terms of national trauma.  However, in terms of the history of human conflict, it really is impossible to overstate its significance.

With that in mind, would you shocked to learn that there is no national monument to honor our Doughboys?  I was.  More Americans died in WWI than in Korea or in Vietnam and yet the only WWI monument in the District of Columbia is one honoring D.C. war dead, specifically.

That is appalling.  Fortunately, there's a way to help right this wrong, and Frank's last gift to us may be his story shining a light on an organization he himself inspired into being:  The World War I Memorial Foundation.  Stop by; learn about it; and see what you can do to help.

Thank you, Frank...and rest in peace.

[Source:  CNN via Boing Boing.]