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President Obama honors last US veteran to serve in WWI

March 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made an unscheduled stop at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the last American World War I veteran.

On Tuesday, Frank Buckles was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. He died last month at his home in Charles Town, West Virginia at age 110.

Born in Missouri and raised in Oklahoma, Buckles lied about his age so he could serve in the war, joining the Army at age 16.

Buckles dedicated the last years of his life to advocating for the creation of a national WWI memorial on the National Mall.

Only two WWI veterans are known to survive worldwide.

The Associated Press contributed to this story


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