Florence Green, the world’s last known surviving veteran of World War I, died in her sleep Saturday at the Briar House Care Home in King’s Lynn, eastern England. She was 110.When I was a boy, the old veterans at the July 4th parades were from the Great War. There were quite a number of them, fifty years after the end of the War To End All Wars. 45 years later, they're all gone now.
It brings to mind what may be the greatest song about that war ever written - actually written to protest Vietnam, but a fitting tribute to the futility of the trenches with it's boredom and filth taking up the time between the terror from the terrible lash of artillery.
And the band plays Waltzing MatildaRemember that they were young once, and went rambling the life of a rover. Or like Mrs. Green, waltzed with pilots.
And the old men still answer the call
But year after year, their numbers get fewer
Someday, no one will march there at all
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?
And their ghosts may be heard as they march by the billabong
So who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?
Rest in Peace.