One of those things you know is going to happen, but you just wish it wouldn't.
J. Russell Coffey just passed away at the age of 109. Mr. Coffey was one of the last surviving veterans of the First World War. Mr. Coffey never "saw the elephant", but he stepped forward and joined the army and served his country during time of war, so he gets just as much credit as anyone else.
I don't know the tally for the entire world--whether any veterans survive in France, Belgium, Germany, etc. but I do know that there are now exactly two WWI veterans left in the US: Frank Buckles, who is 106, and Harry Richard Landis, who is 108. There is one veteran still living in the UK, Robert Taggert and he is 107.
These guys saw a conflict that rewrote the world map and now they are all but gone.
I wish Godspeed to Mr. Coffey and hope that the others continue to grace us with their presence for some time to come.