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All flags one the Southern Command HQ are hereby ordered to half staff, and are to remain so for the next seven days as we honor our fallen veteran Frank Woodruff Buckles.

He didn’t seek the spotlight, but when Frank Buckles outlived every other American who’d served in World War I, he became what his biographer called “the humble patriot” and final torchbearer for the memory of that fading conflict.

Buckles enlisted in World War I at 16 after lying about his age. He died Sunday on his farm in Charles Town, nearly a month after his 110th birthday. He had devoted the last years of his life to campaigning for greater recognition for his former comrades, prodding politicians to support a national memorial in Washington and working with friend and family spokesman David DeJonge on a biography.

Heaven is certainly one citizen bigger tonight. We here at the Southern Command salute our fallen soldier and ask that God now keep safe that which the earth has given up.

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