Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Flag at half-mast Tuesday, March 15

For those who were wondering...
Gov. Bev Perdue has joined President Obama in ordering all North Carolina flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, March 15, in tribute to Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles, who had been the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, and in remembrance of the generation of American veterans of World War I.

All employees of the Department of Administration—and especially the staff of the Division of Veterans Affairs—joined Perdue in honoring Mr. Buckles, who was so determined to serve his country that he lied about his age to become a soldier. He died on Feb. 27 on his West Virginia Farm at age 110. He will lie in honor at the Memorial Amphitheater Chapel at Arlington Cemetery from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday for the public to pay their last respects. The burial service takes place at 4 p.m.

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