Oklahoma centenarian honored for Veterans Day

Veterans Day was established in 1919 to celebrate the end of World War I. The World War I Armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918, officially ending the war. It was originally called “Armistice Day”. In 1954 Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in order to honor all veterans.

This Veterans Day the organization Centenarians of Oklahoma would like to honor Centenarian Frank Buckles. Frank “Wood” Buckles was born on a Missouri farm in 1901. His family later moved to Oakland, OK, near Madill. Long before Lake Texoma was built, Buckles stepped out of Oakland and onto the world stage and just kept going. In 1917 at the age of 16, he lied about his age and tried to enlist in the Marines, but was rejected because he was too small. Again, he lied to the Navy and was rejected because he had flat feet. Finally, he was accepted by the Army.

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