Okay, let’s not honor the last American WWI Veteran, who died February 27th, 2011, following his 110th birthday, in the Capitol Rotunda, because he was only a “lowly” ambulance driver in England and France? After all, the Capitol Rotunda is reserved for Presidents, and Senators, Civil Rights Leaders, and Capitol Police. Nope, let’s not honor Frank Buckles, by allowing him to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, because he only reached the rank of private, and he only drove an ambulance in the first world conflict back in 1917! President Bush even had to grant Mr. Buckles a waiver so he could be buried in Arlington National Cemetery because of his low rank. WTF
So maybe Frank Buckles was only a private and he wasn’t a war hero, but he was the LAST surviving veteran from WWI. I think that is qualification enough to lie in honor in the Capital Rotunda. He volunteered to be an ambulance driver because he heard it would get him to the front faster, by the way. And believe me, I wasn’t surprised to see my “esteemed” Senator, Harry Reid, joining right in with the stupid decision not to allow a Capitol ceremony. What difference does it make? Who would it hurt? Do you think the average American citizen, who owns the damn building by the way, is upset that you would allow a veteran of a war hardly any of us can remember, to lie in honor there? Really?
And by the way, I think the Frank Buckles bill to create a WWI National Monument on the Mall in Washington, should be reintroduced or pulled from committee and passed in his honor. Damn, sometimes you just wonder.