The country’s last surviving World War I veteran, Frank Woodruff Buckles passed away Sunday; he was 110. Thousands of people, from across the country want the Congress to honor him by allowing his body to lie in state inside the Capitol Rotunda.
The resolution to honor Buckles at the Capitol was introduced by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV, and it was expected to pass the Senate this week, except for one big orange hurdle, Grand Old Tea Party (GOTP) House Speaker David Boehner. The Speaker’s office said Thursday he thinks a ceremony for Buckles should take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., and not at the Capitol.
“This is a big disappointment and a surprising decision by the Speaker,” said Rockefeller in a statement issued Thursday evening. “My resolution is simple. It would have provided a fitting tribute to Frank Buckles – the nation’s last Doughboy. … I hope that the Speaker will reconsider his refusal to honor Mr. Buckles in this way.”
Rockefeller was joined by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, in opposing Boehner’s decision.
“It is unconscionable that Speaker Boehner would deny this honor to the last living American veteran of World War I,” Manchin said in a statement. “Frank Buckles was the standard-bearer of a great cause, and spent the last years of his long life fighting to make sure that our country pays proper tribute to all World War I veterans. Now it is our turn to fight to make sure our country honors him and all the World War I veterans for whom he fought with the highest degree of respect.
“I urge Speaker Boehner to reconsider this ill-advised decision.”
Wow, once more a member of the GOTP proves how little they – the GOTP – truly care about America’s veterans. What could be more fitting in honoring all the soldiers who fought and died in the mud of France than to allow the last soldier of that war to be honored by lying in state in the Capitol? Perhaps the Speaker doesn’t want to be inconvenienced? No, he just doesn’t care about honoring American’s Vets.