Ceremony to Honor the Passing of the Great War Generation

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial honored the passing of the Great War generation with a special ceremony noting the… read more

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial honored the passing of the Great War generation with a special ceremony noting the passing of the last WWI veteran, Frank Buckles, who died February 27, 2011, at the age of 110. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers, USAF Ret., talked about the importance of the approximately 4.8 million Americans who served in World War I, and what the Great War meant for our country and the world. Other speakers included the son of Sergeant Alvin C. York, the most decorated soldier of World War I.

The ceremony held March 12, 2011, at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Miss., included a presentation of Colors by an American Doughboy Color Guard dressed in historical uniforms, singing of the national anthem, invocation, readings from the poems “I Have a Rendezvous with Death” by Alan Seeger, “In Memoriam (Easter 1915)” by Edward Thomas, and “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, laying of a commemorative wreath, benediction, a 17-gun salute, and Taps. close

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Program ID:
298477-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
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Ceremony
Location:
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
First Aired:
May 1, 2011
Last Aired:
May 8, 2011

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  • May 01, 2011 | 9:32am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 01, 2011 | 8:34pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 01, 2011 | 11:33pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 07, 2011 | 4:33pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 08, 2011 | 3:33am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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