WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Roscoe Bartlett says he supports having World War I veteran Frank W. Buckles’ body lie in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington.
In a letter Friday to House Speaker John Boehner, the Maryland Republican said the honor is not for an individual, but in recognition of extraordinary service to the country.
Buckles died last week at age 110 at his Charles Town, W.Va., home. He was the last surviving American World War I veteran.
The veteran’s daughter has urged lawmakers to let her father lie in the Rotunda to honor all of the war’s veterans.
Leaders in Washington have been divided over how to best honor Buckles and the 4.7 million other Americans who served during World War I.
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