Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced the Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act to establish a commission to ensure a suitable observance of the 100th Anniversary of World War I. This bill will also designate the Washington, DC World War I Memorial on the National Mall as the National World War I Memorial. The Buckles Bill will also designate the Liberty Memorial of Kansas City as the World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. The memorial will be paid for with donations.
It was the wish of Corporal Frank Buckles to see a National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC, said Poe. There is a memorial to honor ever single American hero of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Nearly five million American GIs fought in the War to End All Wars. I hope we do the honorable thing and salute Corporal Buckles and the rest of the Doughboys who fought over there.
On February 28th, Congressman Poe also filed a resolution to allow the late Frank Buckles to lie in honor in the rotunda of the United States Capitol.