Charlie Riedel, Associated Press
FILE -- In a May 26, 2008 file photo Frank Buckles receives an American flag during Memorial Day activities at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo. The body of Buckles, the West Virginia soldier who outlived every other American who served in World War I, will be buried Tuesday, March 15 at Arlington National Cemetery, a family spokesman said Thursday, March 10, 2011.

WASHINGTON — Friends, fellow veterans and complete strangers are paying their respects to the last American veteran of World War I.

The body of Frank Buckles is resting in a flag-draped casket at a funeral home in Washington. Buckles will be buried Tuesday with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Buckles enlisted in the Army at 16 after lying about his age. He died last month at his home in Charles Town, W.Va, at age 110.

Starting Tuesday morning, Buckles' body will lie in repose at the memorial amphitheater at Arlington.

Among those paying their respects was Kirk Goolsby of Warrenton, Va. He interviewed Buckles in 2000 as part of a living-history project.