Senate Honors Last Living American-Born World War I Veteran

By: AP
By: AP

CAPITOL HILL (AP) _ On Capitol Hill Wednesday, Robert Byrd, the
longest-serving senator in history, paid tribute to Frank Buckles,
the last living U.S.-born veteran of World War I.

For a change the 90-year-old Byrd wasn't the oldest guy in the room. Buckles is 107.

Much of Washington's community of veterans packed the Senate chamber to honor Buckles. They also marked the upcoming 90th anniversary of the armistice between the allied nations and Germany
that ended the war.

Senators Arlen Specter and John Warner and former Senator Bob Dole were also on hand to honor Buckles -- as well as their own
fathers, who they said served in the same conflict.

Buckles was the guest of honor Memorial Day during ceremonies at the World War I memorial in Kansas City.


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