If you are in the area, show your support for the last WWI vet.

Statewides EXTREME SHORT NOTICE UPDATE (TIME): Confirmed - Cpl Frank Buckles, USA, WWI, Charles Town, WV / ANC 15 MAR 2011

This is a Confirmed Short Notice Mission!

110-year-old Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last veteran of WWI, died peacefully in his home in Charles Town, West Virginia of natural causes at approximately 12:30 AM on February 27, 2011. Buckles was born on February 1, 1901 and has been advocating for a National Memorial for WWI in Washington DC and actively pursued his role as the torchbearer for his fellow soldiers from the ‘Great War’. To date neither the Congress nor the Senate has passed the laws that were introduced nearly two years ago. Buckles made history when he was asked to testify before a Senate committee on December 3, 2009 as to why there should be a memorial in our Nation’s Capitol.

The family asks that donations be made to the National World War One Legacy Project to honor Frank Buckles and the 4,734,991 Americans that he served with during WWI. The project is managed by the non-profit Survivor Quest and will educate students about Frank Buckles and WWI through a documentary, bronze of Frank Buckles and traveling educational exhibition.

Cpl Buckles is to be buried on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery on 15 Mar 2011 at approximately 1600 hours from the Administration Building.
PGR has been invited to attend the services, and we will be there to stand tall silent and proud in honor of this last American Hero from the "Great War", his family, friends and comrades at arms.

Please monitor this thread, as the mission details are evolving rapidly

15 MAR 11 Mission Plan

Stage: 1400 hrs Iwo Jima Memorial (Marine Corps War Memorial)
Brief: 1430 hrs
Transit: 1445 hrs to ANC Admin
Honors: 1600 hrs Graveside ANC (time approx.)

Ride Captain: Stacy "Conundrum" Conkin - 703-517-3297

Iron Horses preferred, cages welcome as always.
Mounted large flags preferred for transit (furl upon ANC parking).

Military mandated ID / gear NOT required for this mission.

Dress & hydrate accordingly

Remember we are here to honor the Hero and family, friends, and
comrades-in-arms, and to stand tall, silent and proud. If you cannot
join us, please set aside a moment of silence at the appointed hour,
to reflect on their sacrifice.