Exhibit honoring last World War I veteran on display at Mark Twain Lake

Posted: Nov. 7, 2013 9:41 am Updated: Nov. 28, 2013 1:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host an exhibit honoring the last living World War I veteran during November.

Frank Buckles, a Missouri native, held the title of the last known World War I veteran from 2008 until his death in 2011. Park Ranger Ben Sapp hopes this exhibit provides park visitors a chance to remember veterans' sacrifices as a whole, regardless of the conflict or era.

"Buckles puts a face to that generation, but we don't want to take away from all of our veterans who are still with us today," Sapp said.

The Museum of Missouri Military History in Jefferson City provided the panel display for "The First World War." The panels follow Buckles on his initial journey to France during the war, his years of services and his post-war life. The exhibit is available for viewing at the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center, near Mark Twain Lake on Route J south of the Clarence Cannon Dam. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in November.

The Corps previously has offered exhibits on conflicts such as the Vietnam War, the Korean War and the Civil War. Two years ago, the Corps recreated a "Remembering the Fallen" exhibit, which featured two Monroe City soldiers who had died in modern wars.

"The goal was just a greater appreciation for veterans in general," Sapp said.