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Documentary on last surviving World War I vet to premiere in Bethany, Mo.

A film project documenting the life of Frank Buckles, who became the last surviving World War I veteran, will be screened May 20 at the Big Time Cinema in Bethany, Mo.

The film, “Pershing's Last Patriot,” follows Buckles from his birth in Harrison County near Bethany to his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery on March 15, 2011.

“We want to share this story and inspire Americans and bring honor to World War I like the rest of the world has done and is doing,” said David DeJonge, the filmmaker who started working with Buckles in 2007. “The film is nearly 90 minutes of unbelievable American history and is a 100 percent inspiring, true, American story.”

Buckles became an international celebrity and visited the Oval Office with President George W. Bush. Both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden attended his funeral. DeJonge escorted Mr. Buckles and served as his biographer and spokesman for the last five years of his life.

The 90-minute documentary film is scheduled for an all-day showing May 20 at the Big Time Cinema in Bethany starting at 9 a.m.. It will screened at the Barco Drive-In in Lamar, Mo., at 8:45 p.m. May 21.

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