LETTERS OF SUPPORT

A list of letters from Congressional and State Delegations we have received in support of our cause.






















For Immediate Release:

January 22, 2021

Contact:

Sam Runyon (Manchin), 202-740-6241

Kelley Moore (Capito), 202-676-6521

Arielle Mueller (Romney), 202-224-0574

MANCHIN, CAPITO, ROMNEY REINTRODUCE RESOLUTION REQUESTING STATE FUNERAL FOR LAST SURVIVING WWII MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) reintroduced a resolution requesting a state funeral and authorizing the use of the Capitol rotunda for the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient. There are only two living Medal of Honor recipients remaining from WWII, including West Virginia native and Iwo Jima veteran, Woody Williams. This state funeral would not only recognize their individual service and sacrifice, but would act as a final salute to the Greatest Generation and those who wore the uniform from 1941 to 1945.

“Americans like Woody Williams who answered the call to service during WWII fought to ensure our democracy prevailed. Their sacrifices allowed the rest of us to enjoy the freedoms we hold sacred and helped make the United States the best country in the world,” Senator Manchin said. “Bestowing this great honor on the last surviving WWII Medal of Honor recipient would be the perfect way to come together as a nation to salute the Greatest Generation. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join us in our efforts to honor these brave Veterans and call on President Biden to grant our request.”

“Providing a state funeral for the last surviving WWII Medal of Honor recipient reflects the honor, respect, and gratitude we owe to an entire generation of veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. As the daughter of a proud WWII veteran, I can confidently say that our WWII veterans are part of the ‘Greatest Generation.’ I’m honored to join my colleagues in cosponsoring this resolution requesting a State Funeral for the last surviving WWII Medal of Honor recipient, while honoring all 16 million who served during WWII so Americans can properly pay tribute to the Greatest Generation,” said Senator Capito.

“The members of the Greatest Generation answered our country’s call in the supreme emergency of World War II, and it is because of their great sacrifice that we enjoy the freedoms we do today. A state funeral for the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient is a fitting way for us to honor our veterans and show them the respect they deserve, and I hope my colleagues will join us in this effort,” said Senator Romney.

A state funeral is our nation’s highest honor bestowed upon a person posthumously. It is a seven to ten day event, consisting of ceremonies and funeral processions in the home state of the Veteran and in Washington D.C., where the honored will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. While Congress can authorize the use of the rotunda, in order for the U.S. Military to make the arrangements for a state funeral, the President must call for one.

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May 22, 2019

Minnesota Congressional Delegation Letter

to President Trump

In a letter to President Trump dating from May 22, 2019, Minnesota Congressional Delegates add their support in calling for a non-presidential State Funeral for the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient. The letter is signed by United States Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and by Members of Congress Collin C. Peterson, Betty McCollum, Tom Emmer, Ilhan Omar, Pete Stauber, Angie Craig, Dean Phillips and Jim Hagedorn.

Full text of Minnesota Congressional Delegation Letter to President TrumpMinnesota-Congressional-Delegation-Letter.pdf



February 20, 2019

Missouri Congressional Delegation Letter

to President Trump

In a letter to President Trump dating from February 20, 2019, Missouri Congressional Delegates support the cause of a State Funeral for the last World War II Medal of Honor recipient. The letter is signed by United States Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, and by Members of Congress Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Sam Graves, Wm. Lacy Clay, Jason Smith, Ann Wagner and Emanuel Cleaver.

Full text of the Missouri Congressional Delegation Letter to President TrumpMissouri-Congressional-Delegation-Letter.pdf


January 30, 2019

West Virginia Congressional Delegation Letter

to President Trump

In a letter to President Trump dating from January 30, 2019, West Virginia Congressional Delegates support the cause of a State Funeral for the last World War II Medal of Honor recipient. The letter is signed by United States Senators Joe Manchin III and Shelley Moore Capito, and by Members of Congress David B. McKinley, P.E., Alex X. Mooney and Carol Miller.

Full text of the West Virginia Congressional Delegation Letter to President TrumpWest-Virginia-State-Funeral-Letter.pdf


December 18, 2018

Utah Congressional Delegation Letter to President Trump

In a letter to President Trump dating from December 18, 2018, Utah Congressional Delegates support the cause of a State Funeral for the last World War II Medal of Honor recipient. The letter is signed by United States Senators Orrin G. Hatch and Mike Lee, and by Members of Congress John Curtis, Mia B . Love, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop.

Full text of the Congressional Delegation Letter to President TrumpUtah-delegation-state-funeral-letter.pdf





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