Services to be held at Arlington National Cemetery for Buckles
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Army Corporal Frank Buckles, the last American veteran of World War I, will be memorialized and then interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Tuesday, March 15.
Mr. Buckles will lie in honor at the Memorial Amphitheater Chapel from 8
a.m. until 2 p.m. for the public to pay their last respects. The burial service
will take place at 4 p.m.
The March 15 ceremony will pay tribute to Buckles – who was the last surviving U.S. World War I veteran up until his death on Feb. 27, 2011.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller has been coordinating with the Buckles family, the White House, the U.S. Department of Defense and the West Virginia Congressional delegation to develop a fitting tribute for Mr. Buckles, personally and as the last surviving representative of all World War I veterans.
American flags will be flown at half-staff on the day of Mr. Buckles’ burial.
Mr. Buckles will receive full military honors when he is interred, which will be closed to the public at the family’s request.