Last WWI trench soldier honored

Harry Patch, who is believed to be the last surviving soldier of WWI’s brutal trench warfare, was honored at a special ceremony in Somerset, UK on Oct 27. The 109 year old Patch paid tribute to his fallen comrades at the launch at a “poppy appeal” – the selling flowers in the weeks prior to Rememberance Day to raise money for veterans. The tradition of using poppies as a symbol of rememberance and as a fundraiser (inspired by the 1915 poem “In Flanders Field”by Major John McCrae of Canada) has been more prevalent in the UK and other allied countries than the US, although organizations such as the American Legion and VFW also promote the wearing of poppies on Memorial Day. 

Frank Buckles of West Virginia, one of the last American vets of WWI, participated in the 2007 National Memorial Day Parade.

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