“To convince the President of the United States to designate a state funeral for the last Medal of Honor holder from World War II, as a final salute to the 16 million men and women of the greatest generation who served in our armed forces from 1941 to 1945.”
The President of the United States has the sole authority to designate a state funeral. General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander of the Pacific, and General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, were duly honored with state funerals. The men and women who served under them are entitled to the same honor.
Today our nation stands divided in numerous ways and yearns for a unifying national event. A state funeral is a wonderful way to bring people together while thanking the Greatest Generation. Such an event would not just honor one man, but the 16 million men and women who served our country and defeated Nazism, Fascism and Imperialism during World War II.
As Flags of Our Fathers author James Bradley said, “In the 1,364 days from Pearl Harbor to the Japanese surrender, with millions of Americans fighting on global battlefields, only 473 Americans were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor, the nation’s highest decoration of valor.” Today, only four of those Americans remain.
Consider for a moment the men and women, many of them only teenagers, who 72 years ago wrote letters from flyspeck Pacific islands to homes thousands of miles away. If they could find the time and energy to write, so can you. Please sign our petition to the President, or communicate with him directly to support a state funeral for World War II veterans.