Senators spearhead effort to honor Williams
Just three Americans who earned the Medal of Honor during World War II remain among the living. West Virginian Hershel W. “Woody” Williams is one of them.
U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, revealed Monday they are backing a Senate resolution calling for Williams to receive a state funeral upon his passing. Only the president can authorize such an honor, but a resolution from the Senate would be persuasive.
Williams, 95, is hale and hearty, traveling extensively on behalf of various worthy causes.
One of his ideas, monuments throughout the nation honoring Gold Star Families who have lost loved ones in war, has gained gratifying traction. A Gold Star monument is to be erected at the Heritage Port in Wheeling.
Both Manchin and Capito emphasized the idea of a state funeral for Williams is to pay tribute to all members of the Greatest Generation, who fought and won World War II.
Senators should adopt the resolution. The House of Representatives should follow suit. And the president, whomever that may be when the time comes, should agree with them.
Honoring Woody Williams and his comrades in arms ought to be an easy decision to make.
West Virginia legislators who had to go back to Charleston this week to deal with technical errors in bills they passed earlier this year ought to reflect on one thing: They may have saved someone’s life.
Gov. Jim Justice vetoed about 30 bills passed last winter for technical reasons — minor changes in wording deemed necessary by attorneys. Lawmakers held a special session this week to correct the errors.
Among bills they re-passed is one dealing with hazing by college fraternities or sororities. The intent is for anti-hazing laws to cover organizations such as the fraternities that operate at West Virginia University without sanction from officials there. Five fraternities disassociated themselves from WVU in a dispute over — you guessed it — potentially dangerous behavior.
People have died as a result of hazing. Good for lawmakers for ensuring state law bans it everywhere. Now, let’s be certain the law is enforced strictly.