Cody Jackson shows his support for the military and his country by being the "One Boy USO" (Upholding Standards Obediently). He takes the time to go out of his to thank service members and veterans. Dressed in the uniforms of the military services, he spends time at the Atalanta airport greeting military members as they come and go from R & R. "He goes out of his way to thank all those in uniform and those veterans out there he can spot. Short of spending all our time chasing down those in uniform, he wanted to thank more "soldiers" more often...welcome to the internet! Thank you to all those in service, all those veterans, and to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice...God Bless You and the USA! Cody is currently in the process of publishing is patriotic children's book, looking forward to helping other children love their country and troops as much as he does! (From One Boy USO Facebook site)" Cody Jackson has a children's coloring and picture book being published soon.
Cody Jackson is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders and hopes to help with the Wounded Warrior Project.
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The last veteran of World War I was a waitress, and for 90 years no one knew her name.
(New York Times, By MARGALIT FOX, Published: February 7, 2012)
Florence Green, a member of Britain's Royal Air Force who was afraid of flying, died in England on Saturday, two weeks shy of her 111th birthday. She was believed to have been the war's last living veteran - the last anywhere of the tens of millions who served.
Mrs. Green, who joined the R.A.F. as a teenager shortly before war's end, worked in an officer's mess on the home front. Her service was officially recognized only in 2010, after a researcher unearthed her records in Britain's National Archives.
That Mrs. Green went unrecognized for so long owes partly to the fact that she served under her maiden name, Florence Patterson, and partly to the fact that she conducted herself, by all accounts, with proper British restraint, rarely if ever flaunting her service.
It also owes to the fact that her life followed the prescribed trajectory for women of her era: by the time the 20th century had run its course, Mrs. Green had long since disappeared into marriage, motherhood and contented anonymity.
With the death in May of Claude Stanley Choules, an Englishman who served aboard a Royal Navy battleship, Mrs. Green became the last known person, male or female, to have served in the war on either side.
Her death, at a nursing home in King's Lynn, in eastern England, was announced on the Web site of the Order of the First World War, an organization based in Florida that keeps track of veterans.
In the spate of interviews she gave after her existence was discovered, Mrs. Green expressed quiet pride in her service. She also recalled approvingly the courtly behavior of the officers she served.
"It was very pleasant, and they were lovely," she once told an interviewer. "Not a bit of bother."
But though she was aware of her historical position as the war's last veteran, Mrs. Green was philosophical about the war itself, one of the defining events of modern history, in which more than 20 million people died.
"It seems," she remarked to The Independent last year, on the occasion of her 110th birthday, "like such a long time ago now." Read More at the New York Times