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Florence Green, the last surviving person to have served in World War One, has died at the age of 110 years old. Will you take a moment today to reflect on the loss of a generation?

Asked by TexasDude (25229 points ) February 7th, 2012

As a student of military history, it pains me to see this generation go and to know that I will likely live to see the same thing happen to the WWII, Korea, and Vietnam generations. The Great War changed the course of history forever and Florence Green was the last living historical treasure to have experienced it from the perspective of someone who served.

Will you take the time today to reflect on the importance of history and people like her? If you know someone who is still alive who is connected to some historical event, will you work to preserve their story?

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I majored in history in my undergraduate degree. I will gladly reflect on the importance of history.

I will also read what I can about this sad event. WWI did indeed change history. It must not be forgotten.

JilltheTooth's avatar

KatawaGrey and I were talking about this the other day, that her generation is probably the last to have known WWII veterans personally.
I’ve known some of the WWI veterans, I have my grandfather’s footlocker from WWI.
I will take a moment.

Nullo's avatar

Sleep well, Florence. You’ve had a long run. May your story never be forgotten.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

RIP Florence. Wow, the entire generation.

zenvelo's avatar

I posted a note on Facebook as soon as I saw the notice she had passed.

My 14 year old daughter saw War Horse last week, and I told her “now you have an idea of what it was like for your great-grandfather.”

Nullo's avatar

It would be nice if there were more World War 1 movies. But no, it’s always about the Nazis.

Zaku's avatar

Yes, I agree, although at 110 years, I think it is more like the natural time that that generation has passed, rather than a “loss”.

ucme's avatar

I loved this guy, truly I did. I mean, I never met the fella, but he simply oozed class, a true first class hero in every sense of the word.

babybadger's avatar

I agree with @Zaku, and it’s ironic – the last person to go died naturally after the death of thousands of that generation.

I will take a moment to reflect.

deni's avatar

That is fascinating, and amazing. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Blondesjon's avatar

Let’s also remember that Florence is also one of the last of that generation to not die of the Spanish flu.

MilkyWay's avatar

Rest in Peace Florence Green.
* Salute *
Thanks for making us aware of this @Fiddle.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I had my Valley Forge flag out at half staff for her. Probably wasn’t supposed to, but she earned it.

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