04 March 2011

Bring Mr. Buckles To The Capitol


"West Virginia's two Democratic senators blamed House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday after their hopes of having the remains of World War I veteran Frank Buckles honored in the Capitol Rotunda were dashed, at least for now."

No, this soldier's service is not necessarily more honorable than any of his compatriots. But his death marks the end of an era and his passing should be used to commemorate and represent all of America's WWI Vets in a special way. Boehner needs to be slapped down on this, in my humble opinion.
Story here.

10 comments:

Scott Manning said...

Richard, I completely agree with you. This is not so much about his service, which is unique itself, but it marks the end of an era. With World War II constantly overshadowing its earlier counterpart, this would be one appropriate event to bring the war back into the public mind.

cenantua said...

Yep, this one's got my innards in a bunch too. It's bad enough he was initially denied burial in Arlington (unless, of course, he would have been cremated). Fortunately, they gave-in on that one, (thanks to Byrd, I believe), but this, I think, is right up there in importance. I don't care much for politicizing this, but that's what it feels like. He's our last WW1 vet for crying out loud! It's become too easy to forget the men AND women of WW1. Sad.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Scott, Robert - thanks. This seems like a no-brainer to me. I can, at least on the surface, understand that lying in state at the Capitol is reserved only for very special individuals and occasions and they would not want to "open the flood gates" so to speak. That being understood, I believe this is certainly one of those instances where it should be allowed - for honor's sake and as representative of the whole army.

Chaps said...

Not to be too picky but if Mr. Buckles went to the Capitol Rotunda, he would lie "in respose" as lying "in State" is only used for heads of state.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Chaps. Lying in repose vs. State is an important distinction.

cenantua said...

Actually, I don't believe that is correct. Those placed in the Capitol Rotunda (the principal government building) are said to either lay "in state" or "in honor". In Mr. Buckles case, he would lay "in honor". To "lay in repose" is to be placed in any other government building other than the principle government building.

http://www.aoc.gov/cc/capitol/lain_in_state.cfm

cenantua said...

Not saying that Wikipedia is all good, but this is a better description of "in repose" than what I just said.

"Lying in repose is a term used to describe when a deceased person, often of some stature, is available for public viewing. "Lying in repose" is different from the formal honor of "lying in state", which is generally held at the principal government building of the country and often accompanied by an honor guard."

Nonetheless, it's still a crying shame that some in Congress are denying this of our last WW1 vet. That's the point; that's what's important.

Chaps said...

All that being said, it appears that Boehner is suffering from recto-cranial inversion on this one. He worries me sometimes.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"Nonetheless, it's still a crying shame that some in Congress are denying this of our last WW1 vet. That's the point; that's what's important."

Precisely Robert.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Chaps - yes, he worries me a bit from time to time as well, but not near as much as Pelosi. ;o)