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Bill named for Buckles would rededicate WWI memorial

November 02, 2009

WASHINGTON -- A congressional bill named for Jefferson County World War I veteran Frank Buckles would rededicate a World War I memorial in Washington, D.C., according to U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., one of the bill's sponsors.

The District of Columbia built a memorial on the National Mall to honor 499 district residents who died in World War I, Rockefeller said in a news release.

The Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act would rededicate the District of Columbia War Memorial as the National and District of Columbia World War I Memorial, Rockefeller said in a press release.

The legislation also would authorize a foundation to make repairs and improvements to the existing memorial, and to install new sculptures or other commemorations at the memorial, Rockefeller said.

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Buckles, who is 108 years old, is the last surviving American World War I veteran.

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