Q:Just wondering your document that's like 86 year old ww1 vet holding his sons flag, how is that possibly he'd have to be at least near 98 not 86
Thanks for your question! There were several comments like this one about yesterday’s Veterans Day post. If you check the date of the photo, it was taken on November 13, 1982 during the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. If he was 86 at the time of the photo, Mr. Ambrose would likely have been born in 1896, meaning he was about 21 years old when the United States entered World War I in 1917, and were he still alive, he would be 117 today. (As far as we know, the oldest surviving American veteran of World War I was Frank Buckles, who passed away in 2011.)
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, watches the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War, 11/13/1982
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Veterans Day originally began as Armistice Day, which celebrated the end of World War I. After World War II, the day was expanded “Veterans Day” to honor all veterans, not just the service members who died during the First World War.
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Image: Disabled veteran, ca. 1943, ARC 195917, FDR Library