Friday, December 4, 2009

Salute to the108-year young WWI hero

I like this story from AFP yesterday:

WASHINGTON — America's last surviving World War I veteran came to Congress on Thursday to ask lawmakers to create a memorial to honor his fellows combatants from "The Great War."

"What am I supposed to say? Oh yes -- the memorial, it's an excellent idea!" exclaimed 108-year old Frank Buckles, as camera bulbs flashed to capture the moment.

The wheelchair-bound centenarian, who lives in nearby West Virginia, pleaded his case to lawmakers that the federal city -- with monuments to honor veterans and fallen soldiers who fought in World War II, Vietnam and other conflicts -- needs a symbol to honor veterans of World War I.

Some 100,000 Americans lost their lives in the 1914-1918 First World War, one of the deadliest in history.

108 years young WWI hero asks to honor his comrades, will the politicians ignore him? God Almighty, let's hope and pray they can come to their senses.

According to his daughter that her father "is in good shape." How wonderful! And also these from the news report:

Buckles fought in the war beginning at the age of 16, and later was also a combatant in World War II, when he was captured by the Japanese troops and spent three years in a prison camp.

The US government has awarded him the World War I Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, while France bestowed upon him the French legion of honor medal.

Hey Mmm mmm mm Barack Hussein Obama, what have you done for the country lately?

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