House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) are requesting that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates allow the late Corporal Frank W. Buckles to be honored in Arlington Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater. In a letter to Secretary Gates, send today, they write:
"[W]e respectfully request, in addition to his interment in Arlington Cemetery, that the remains of Corporal Frank Buckles, U.S. Army, August 1917-January 1920, be allowed to lie in honor for a period of time in the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater. ...
"…Frank Buckles answered the call of duty to defend his country. He loved America and was assured of its ultimate victory. His contributions and sacrifice on behalf of the republic mark him as true patriot worthy of the hallowed grounds of Arlington."
The Washington Post reported that “the Bush administration ordered a rare exception” for Mr. Buckles – “who was born by lantern light in a Missouri farmhouse, quit school at 16 and bluffed his way into the Army” – and granted him his wish for “a grave site at Arlington and a traditional white marble headstone.” Now Speaker Boehner and Leader Reid are working to make sure he receives the high honor of being recognized at Arlington Cemetery where Americans can pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of Corporal Buckles and all members of the Armed Forces who have fought to keep the United States free. You can read the full bipartisan letter to Secretary Gates below: