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“My own grandfather was a U.S. citizen who served in the American Army in the First World War, and, in all the difficult challenges we face today, Mr. Buckles and my grandfather provide this generation with a powerful reminder of the depth and strength of the bonds that link our two countries.”

Mr. Buckles served in England and France as an ambulance driver for the Army’s 1st Fort Riley Casual Detachment. After the war, Mr. Buckles indulged his love of Britain by traveling through the country.

In London, he saw the future Queen Elizabeth II, then about 7 years old, shopping with her grandmother and sister, Princess Margaret, at Harrods department store.

The painting of the soldiers, titled “Side by Side,” was commissioned by Azalea Charities, which raises funds for wounded soldiers.

Last year at the French Embassy in Washington, Ambassador Pierre Vimont presented Mr. Buckles with the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, to recognize his service.

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