Rahall Tribute to Frank Buckles

From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (HNN) - U.S. Representative Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) entered the following remarks in the Congressional Record in tribute to Frank Woodruff Buckles, a fellow West Virginian and our Nation’s oldest surviving World War I veteran, who was buried today at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors:

“When asked to explain his long life, Frank Buckles answered, ‘Hope.’ All of America’s veterans hope that their service will not have been in vain.  They hope that their service leads to a better future for our Nation and the world.  And they hope that the freedoms secured through their sacrifices will live long past their days with us on this Earth.

“We honor our veterans and their dedication to duty and selfless sacrifice.  Nourishing the memory of their contributions feeds our own generation of hope.

“Today, our Nation honors the mortal remains of Frank Buckles and memorializes a generation of Americans, whose common purpose, whose lasting hope, was so nobly advanced by their last comrade.”

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