The last two mornings I've seen the flame on top of the Liberty Memorial burning. I have researched a bit but have only found in 2008 there was a group trying to save the Eternal Flame. I know this flame is not lit daily because I drive right by this view every work day morning. I cannot find out what causes the flame to be lit. I know the flag was flying at half staff due to the last survivor of WWI, Frank Buckles died. Since the World War I museum is at the base of the Memorial, I believe the flame is burning in honor of those who fought for liberty for all.
During World War I, approximately 4.8 million Americans fought for freedom and democracy while serving in the armed forces. With the passing of Frank Buckles, the last known American veteran of the Great War, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial honored this generation of Americans at a ceremony on Sat., March 12, 2011.