CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., March 7, 2009 - On Nov. 11, 1918, the U.S. had 4,734,991 surviving World War I veterans. Today there is 1 - Mr. Frank Buckles. The nation will now honor their service with a fitting memorial. Just ask teachers and students from Houston's Creekwood Middle School about it.
March 27, 2009 - Representative Ted Poe, R-Texas, is advocating for passage of the Frank Buckles Lone Survivor Act.
At 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the armistice to end World War I went into effect. Corporal Frank Buckles, as America's last surviving veteran of that war, serves as the honorary chairman of the WWI Memorial Foundation to those who served in the "War the End All Wars."
In August 2008, the World War I Memorial Foundation was formed as a not-for-profit foundation by friends of the District of Columbia War Memorial. Frank Buckles, 108-year-old resident of Charles Town, West Virginia and last surviving veteran of World War I, is the honorary chairman.