WASHINGTON D.C. (WOWK) – A bill making its way through Capitol Hill is set to honor the Greatest Generation. This bill, sponsored by Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV3), would allow the last living WWII Medal of Honor recipient to lie in State at the Capitol rotunda.
“Well, we would all naturally be very proud to be a part of it anyway that we could. I said to somebody the other day I would like to be the last,” chuckles Woody Williams, one of only four living WWII Medal of Honor Recipients. If the bill passes, Williams could potentially be the one holding the honor.
“Our County’s Capitol is incredible and when you walk the halls you feel that history…the significance of paying respect to our last Medal of Honor recipient, it is very appropriate that it happens right here,” says Congresswoman Miller.
Both Miller and Williams represent West Virginia on a national level and say this is a bill everyone should be able to agree on.
“I can’t see any hesitation. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to pay respect to someone who has offered their life, would have sacrificed their life had circumstances been such,” adds Williams, “recognition and honor. That’s the whole basis of it. It’s not the individual, it’s not to honor that particular person, but what that person represents.”
The bill was introduced in January and according to Congresswoman Miller it has bipartisan support and she expects to see it pass.