The West Virginia congressional delegation is trying to arrange for the remains of this country’s last World War I soldier to lie in repose in the Capitol rotunda in Washington. Harrison County-Mo. native Frank Buckles died Sunday at 110 years of age. He’ll be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Officials at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, where the nation’s only World War I museum is located, are working on a memorial ceremony to be held later this month. A bill before congress that Buckles supported would designate the Liberty Memorial as the National World War I Museum and Memorial.
Buckles was the last of the 4.7 million Americans to serve in World War I. Two other survivors remain — one in Australia and one in England.