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"Pershing's Last Patriot" in Lakewood

Most powerful story in American history

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The WWI Centennial is not complete without watching Pershing's Last Patriot, presented by the Lakewood Historical Society and showing Sept. 26 in Lakewood, 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. SW.

A FREE showing of the documentary about Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last American veteran of World War I. Discussion following movie, led by Alan Archambault, military historian.

WWI's very last veteran Frank Buckles' documentary has been called the "Most powerful story in American history." Be prepared for a hypnotic ride of emotions as you are captivated by this film.

Born in 1901, Buckles enlisted at the age of 16 for the Great War. He became America's last survivor of WWI and lived to the age of 110.  

Honored by President Bush and Barack Obama, Frank Buckles became a national obsession as he fought for a WWI memorial in Washington, D.C. A major public fight broke out upon his death as Speaker John Boehner banished his body from the Rotunda.

Buckles became the oldest person (age 108) to ever testify in the Senate as he was required to testify as to why a memorial to five million veterans was needed in Washington, D.C.

In this film you will learn of his WWI experience, his time as a POW in World War II and the last five years of his life as he became one of the most famous living veterans.

Award-winning filmmaker and biographer of Buckles tells this story with private footage from Frank's life.

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