Monday, February 28, 2011

God Speed, Frank Buckles

The last US veteran of World War I reports for the final roll call.  You - and your comrades - may be gone, but you are not forgotten.

When I was a boy growing up in the 1960s, the old veterans at the Memorial Day parades were the World War I vets.  There were quite a lot, even back then.  Now the Vietnam vets are almost as old as those old soldiers were then.

This is a lovely song, and a truly bitter-sweet memorial, but the Borepatch clan does not ask "What are they marching for?"  #1 Son and #2 Son know, and stand when the old veterans march by.  If I'm lucky, I'll inherit the flag that draped Grandpa's coffin, as a WWI veteran.

Frank Buckles, in his own words:


North said...

God bless you, Frank.

TinCan Assassin said...

Detail, Atten-SHUN! Ready, FIRE. Ready, FIRE. Ready, FIRE. PreSENT, ARMS.

Plexcom - said...

Thanks Mr. Patch.
I haven't heard that one for a long time.
It usually gets trotted out for Anzac Day in April.

W W Woodward said...

There are no more. God bless them everyone.