Three-day salute to last WWI veteran
People who want to pay their respects to the last American veteran of World War I will be able to do so over three days in Washington, D.C., and at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Visitation hours for the late Frank Buckles are scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Joseph Gawler's Sons Chapel in Washington and again from noon to 9 p.m. Monday.
Buckles will then lie in repose from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel beneath the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington, cemetery spokesman Jennifer Lynch said Friday.
He will be buried with full military honors in a public ceremony at 4 p.m. The cemetery is arranging a live video feed of the service to its visitors center, Lynch said.
Buckles's daughter, Susannah Flanagan, had wanted her father to lie in repose in the U.S. Capitol, but Congress failed to approve that plan as politicians clashed over how best to honor Buckles and the 4.7 million other Americans who served in WWI.
Family spokesman David DeJonge said Friday the family is satisfied with the honors at Arlington.
President Obama has ordered that U.S. flags on official buildings be lowered to half-staff on the day Buckles is buried.
Buckles enlisted in the Army at 16 after lying about his age. Born in Missouri in 1901 and raised in Oklahoma, he visited a string of military recruiters and was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18.
He outlived every other American who served in that war, dying last month at his Charles Town home at age 110.
Only two known WWI veterans remain — 110-year-old survivors Florence Green in Britain and Claude Choules in Australia.
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