Gravesite under debate: Longest-living World War I veteran’s death mired in politics 

WHO: Frank Buckles, the longest-living American to serve in World War I, died Feb. 27 at age 110.

WHAT: After lawmakers from Buckles’ home state of West Virginia called for his remains to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, House and Senate leaders blocked the proposal and are instead seeking to hold a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

WHY IT’S AN OUTRAGE: Neither House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have explained their opposition to the Rotunda option. While commonly reserved for presidents and war leaders, the Rotunda has been used for victims of a gunman and the remains of civil rights leader Rosa Parks, among others.

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