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Lawmaker blocks Capitol ceremony for last WWI vet

Lawmaker blocks Capitol ceremony for last WWI vet

Republican House Speaker John Boehner is blocking an effort by West Virginia lawmakers and others to allow the body of World War I veteran Frank Buckles to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
Buckles died Sunday at the age of 110. He had been the last surviving American veteran of that war.
Members of both parties of West Virginia's congressional delegation had been working on a resolution the House and Senate would have to pass to permit the honor, which is seldom bestowed.
Mike Steel, spokesman for Boehner, said the Ohio Republican feels it would be more appropriate for Buckles to be honored with a ceremony at Arlington Cemetery in nearby Arlington, Virginia.
Steel said at Arlington, Buckles would be "surrounded by honored veterans from every American war."


Updated : 2021-10-22 09:44 GMT+08:00