Frank Buckles, one of more than 4 million Americans to serve in World War I, drove ambulances in France and later spent years in an internment camp after Japan's invasion of the Philippines in WWII.
Frank Buckles is honored by members of Congress and veterans in June 2008 on Capitol Hill. (Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty Images)
DEATH OF ARMY CORPORAL FRANK W. BUCKLES, THE LAST SURVIVING AMERICAN VETERAN OF WORLD WAR I
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION
As a mark of respect for the memory of Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, and in remembrance of the generation of American veterans of World War I, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that, on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day.
I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
/s/ BARACK OBAMA
Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images (Buckles in 2008 and 1917).