There is one American WWI vet still alive today… the lone survivor of the more than two million men sent overseas to fight that war.
Frank Woodruff Buckles is 107. When he was 16, he lied about his age so he could join the Army.
Today, the Senate honors Mr. Buckles. It’s his second big Washington nod this year – earlier this spring, he met with the President.
It’s incredible to think of how this country and the world have changed in Mr. Buckles’ 107 years… he’s seen the birth of commercial flight, the space program, seen cars go from a luxury to a necessity to a burden, seen more changes on maps than I can count… wow.
This note may have come a little late today… and I admit it’s shorter than usual. I had a tough time turning away from Tim Russert’s memorial service this afternoon, and besides Mr Buckles’ story, not much seemed to fit today.
I never met Tim Russert, but like so many I admired his work. When I got home last Friday night, I was looking for something to read before I went to bed, and stumbled upon “Wisdom of Our Fathers”. My husband’s mom and stepdad gave it to him for Christmas the year our son was born. I had skimmed bits of it, but that night felt like the right time to give it my full attention.
In the first few pages, this line struck me: “When my life is over, I know that the most important thing I’ll be judged on is what kind of father I was.”
By all accounts, there will be no judging of Mr. Russert’s skills as a father, only praise …and regret, that he didn’t get to see more of the incredible son he and his wife raised.
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