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Even if you aren’t a history buff, the thought of the end of a generation is mind blowing.

I realized with breathtaking finality what it meant when I saw the Queen attending the service at Westminster Abbey to “mark the passing of the World War I generation”. The words alone are astounding.

This year, the three remaining veterans of WWI passed away: William Stone in January, and both Harry Patch and Henry Allingham in July. Allingham was the oldest Royal Navy Veteran, the last survivor of the battle of Jutland, and a founding member of the Royal Air Force.
Funeral of First World War Veteran Henry Allingham

The families of many of these WWI heroes attended the service. The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, laid a wreath on The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate the event.

http://www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary

The world’s oldest man, a Japanese fellow named Tomoji Tanabe, died Friday. He was 113.

Now, the crown for the world’s oldest man title has passed to the English Henry Allingham, 113. Guinness World Records proclaimed his entrance into their famous book last Friday.

Allingham is the only remaining member of the WWI armed forces.

Henry Allingham, Britain’s oldest man, is a WWI veteran and the only surviving founder member of the RAF. Here are more details and a video of a fly-past given in his honor.

Congratulations, Mr. Allingham!


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