Vice President Joe Biden was among the special guests who gathered in the Capitol's Statuary Hall Wednesday for a tribute to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), who died last month of complications from surgery.

Biden called Murtha "just one stand-up son-of-a-gun," and praised Murtha's commitment to soldiers, veterans, and military families.

Also on the program were Defense Secretary Robert Gates and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who called Murtha "a great legislator."