Editorial Salute - 2/09/12 - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Editorial Salute - 2/09/12

The end of an era.  This week, the world's last known military veteran from World War I passed away at the age of 110.  England's Florence Green volunteered for the Women's Royal Air Force at age 17.  Reflecting back on her time in service, she remembered working (quote): "every hour that God sent," a wonderful way of putting it for a women of faith.  According to AP, when the RAF marked her last birthday with a cake, she was asked what it was like to be 110.  To which Mrs. Green responded (quote):  "It's not much different than being 109"!

America's last veteran of that major world conflict, Corporal Frank Buckles, lied about his age to join the Army at age 15.  He served as an ambulance driver on the front-lines in France.  He passed away at his home in Charles Town, West Virginia, in March of last year, at the age of 110, and was buried, fittingly, with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Over 8-million lives were lost in the so-called Great War, which none of them are.  It was the war in which the historic Third Infantry Division bravely stood its ground, at great human cost, earning its legendary title as the "Rock of the Marne.  Sadly, despite the destruction, human carnage, and seeds-sown for yet another more vivid world war, now almost 100-years later, just as history has labeled the Korean conflict, World War I, too, has become a "forgotten war."  We forget, or never cared about, the impact and the human cost, of that, and all military conflicts, at our modern day, and modern weaponry, peril.  We must remember the sacrifice of England's Florence Green and America's Frank Buckles, along with hundreds of thousands of others, who went off to fight a brutal war for freedom, long before most of us were born.

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