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World War I veterans should be honored

April 5, 2012
Messenger News

West Virginian Frank Buckles spent the last several years of his life lobbying for a memorial in Washington, D.C., to Americans who served with him in World War I.

Buckles was the last U.S. veteran of the Great War. He died last year at his farm near Charles Town, at 110 years old - with his dream unfulfilled.

A new campaign to finish the work Buckles did so tirelessly has begun. The centerpiece of the effort is a video including interviews with him.

Memorials to those who have served in our nation's other wars can be found throughout the nation's capital. But there is none for the generation from which Buckles and other "doughboys" came.

Establishing a simple memorial of the type Buckles envisioned would cost very little. Yet Congress, after considering the matter for years, has not bestirred itself to make the decision.

That is simply wrong.

Write or call your members of Congress. Send a copy to the White House. Demand approval for the memorial now.

It's the right thing to do.



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