US Air Force (USAF) veteran Julie Frein said she is willing to give up her burial plot at Arlington National Cemetery to Tamerlan Tsarnaev – the deceased Boston bombing suspect. The Anne Arundel County woman told Fox45 she feels the terrorist suspect should be able to be laid to rest and just wants it to all be over. "I feel sympathy for [his family] in that as long as this issue is open, they can’t have closure," Frein told Fox45’s Joy Lepola.
When asked how she thought Americans would react to the suspect being buried in a national cemetery, Frein replied, "Well the country would just have to get over that, wouldn’t they? Because nobody, nobody deserves to rot above ground." Frein has already called the funeral home in Massachusetts where Tsarnaev’s body is currently stored and is in the process of contacting the Office of Veteran Affairs to see if she will be able to offer up her plot.
But don’t worry, it cannot happen. A representative for the National Cemetery responded.
We have been receiving calls about the interview a veteran did regarding giving up her space at a veteran cemetery to the Boston Bombing suspect so he can be buried. We want to make it clear that this suspect is not eligible to be buried at Arlington — a veteran can’t transfer their eligibility to another person. Please pass this along to those who are concerned!
Interesting comment on Facebook by Staci-Jill Stanley Burnley.
Too bad her eligibility can’t be rescinded/revoked for making the offer to bury a terrorist on such hallowed ground.