DES MOINES --- Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset Tuesday in honor of Army Cpl. Frank W. Buckles and in remembrance of all American veterans of World War I.
Buckles was the last known surviving American veteran of World War I.
Born in Missouri, Buckles died Feb. 28, 2011, in West Virginia at the age of 110. He was one of three known WWI veterans still alive, and the only American.
On Feb. 28, President Obama made the order.
The governor's directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under control of the State of Iowa. Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect. Mr. Buckles will be laid to rest on Tuesday.