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: