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The daughter of Frank Buckles, the longest-living American to serve in World War I, is urging lawmakers to let her father’s body lie in the Capitol Rotunda to honor all the war’s veterans.
“There is no one left,” Susannah Buckles Flanagan wrote in a statement to The Associated Press. “If we lost the opportunity to bestow this highest of honors on the person who was the last surviving representative, there can be no making it up later.”
Congressional Leaders – largely along party lines – have been divided over how to best honor Buckles and the 4.7 million other Americans who served during World War I.
West Virginia lawmakers want to see him lie in the Capitol Rotunda, and are upset with House and Senate leaders – Republican (GOTP) Speaker John Boehner, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – who have objected.
Someone please explain what there is to object over? Who in their right mind sees this as something to oppose? No one is asking every veteran be accorded this honor, although they all deserve it. They’re asking for the body of last soldier of the Great War to be placed in honorable repose as a symbol of the sacrifice made by all.
Flanagan said it was one of her father’s wishes to lie in the Rotunda after his death – not as a personal honor but in memory of all veterans of World War I.
“He looked upon this as his final duty, which he took seriously,” Flanagan said. “If the last American soldier surviving is not suitable to serve as a symbol around which we can rally to honor those who served their country in the Great War, then who can serve that purpose?”
Her point is well taken. Mr. Buckles is the last American to have served in World War I. He’s it; there are no more. What’s the big deal? And why are Boehner and Reid seeking Pentagon permission to conduct ceremonies in the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, where Buckles will be buried? This really seems to be a no-brainer, and yet these two are opposing it?
Lying in honor – called lying in state in the case of elected U.S. officials or military officers – has occurred only 30 times starting in 1852 with Henry Clay, a longtime senator and congressman. Others include Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, unknown soldiers from America’s wars and civil rights hero Rosa Parks.
Buckles’ biographer and family spokesman, David DeJonge, said of the debate over how Buckles should be honored, “We want to afford every American full opportunity to pay honor and respect to that symbol of a great generation.”
Flanagan said no extraordinary precedent would be made by honoring Buckles in the Capitol Rotunda, “The next similar request will come for the last survivor of World War II in 25 or 30 years’ time, and it will be appropriate to honor that person, as well.”
The difference will be, for some, that the World War II generation has received an inflated hero status above all other generations. They’re the “greatest generation” meaning none before and none after will ever measure up to their heroism and sacrifice. All of which is hog wash.
No one will dispute that the so-called “greatest generation” overcame tremendous obstacles, but were they greater than the generation which fought and secured America’s independence? Were they greater than the generation which fought and died to preserve the union? Were they greater than those who battled in Korea and Vietnam? Were they greater than the young men and women fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan? The “greatest generation” was a force made up mostly of draftees; today’s fighting force is all volunteer, no draftees. Tell me which – if any – generation is the “greatest”?
Frank Buckles is the last veteran to have fought in the First World War, the “war to end all wars”; he – and his fellow veterans of that great conflict – deserve this honor. If the common soldier who served so well and faithfully, representing his entire generation of soldiers, who likewise served so well and faithfully, doesn’t deserve this singular honor than who does; certainly not those who are objecting to it.
Well, you got your wish. The tree has been watered with the blood of a Congresswoman, her aide, a Federal Judge and nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, born on 9-11, who wanted to help her community. Ain’t it a proud moment?
Words have meanings, and they have consequences.
Don’t glibly throw around words about revolution, and watering the tree of liberty, unless you’re willing to see – and live with – whose blood is spilt to pay for your words.
Just because the 1st Amendment protects your right to say it, doesn’t mean you should. Yes Tea Party, this means you. You can disagree with the President and the Democratic Party without talking about murder and insurrection. Stop comparing yourselves to the patriots of 1776, because there is no comparison. You, and your rhetoric, make me sick.
Well, this has got to be making the Tea Party crowd go apoplectic now doesn’t it?
It is refreshing to see that at least one GOP Senator has the guts and common sense to do the right thing here. You can think – or believe – what you want about homosexuality, and the gay and lesbian lifestyle; however, gays and lesbians serving openly in the military is not going to affect how our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines perform their sworn duties to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
Presidential Candidate McCain said he would listen to the military on the question of ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, now he’s changed his mind. One more example of why he should retire and just go away.
You’re not the only ones who love America. You’re not the only ones who have sacrificed, or who are willing to sacrifice for its continued freedoms and liberties. The Founding Fathers, unlike today’s GOP leadership, were able to put aside their varied political interests and worked together to form this Union of States, and contrary to right wing radio, most weren’t conservatives.
I’ve had it with hearing how only conservatives love America and how Progressives, or Liberals, hate it. Take a breath and think about that. If you do, and if you really think about it you’ll see how stupid that sounds. It’s as stupid as Liberals claiming that Conservatives hate the environment. Oh, and please don’t embarrass yourselves any further by claiming you love America when you can’t stand Americans.
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother…”
Benjamin Franklin once said, “They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” So, do those who would rush to the banner of McCain/Palin deserve either liberty or safety?
Do those who have begged for civil liberties to be eroded so that they can feel safe in their homes deserve it?
Do those who stand idle and watch the said erosion deserve either?
I would say that safety at the expense of ones personal freedoms and liberties is not safety. It may hold at bay the wolves who would feed upon the flesh of patriots, but it is not safety. Those who would wish to do us harm from without, have done far less to our country than those who would usurp our civil liberties in the name of safety, and under the guise of homeland security.
What does it profit us to live safe, but to lose each day a small portion of freedoms until there are no more? Be not deceived. Your rights and privileges are being slowly eroded. The sweet breath of freedom for which countless soldiers have given their last full measure is slowly turning to the stench of slavery all in the name of safety.
Four years of McCain/Palin is four more years of erosion. Four more years of corruption. Four more years of torture and unlawful imprisonment. Four more years of rights, liberties and truth being suppressed. McCain/Palin is a ticket set up to continue what Bush/Cheney began in the name of keeping us safe. Do not my fellow citizens give in to the rhetoric of fear. The rhetoric of hate. The rhetoric of ignorance. Better to hope for a newer America, than to live in the old. Better to die free, than to live safe. Better to vote for the future of our country, than for the past.