Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation ordering all U.S. and State flags displayed at all State facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately and through sunset Monday, December 9, 2013 in honor of Nelson Mandela. Gov. Tomblin, in a second proclamation, ordered all U.S. and State flags lowered to half-staff the entire day of Saturday, December 7, 2013 in commemoration of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, observed annually on December 7.
"Today, Joanne and I join with those around the globe in extending our prayers to the family of President Mandela and his nation," Gov. Tomblin said. "May his spirit continue to inspire us for generations to come."
"West Virginians have always offered their selfless service to ensure our safety and freedom," Gov. Tomblin said. "As we recognize National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor those who answered the call to protect and bravely defend our country. While many of these veterans, in West Virginia and throughout the United States, have since passed on, it is imperative that we preserve their stories and legacy for future generations. Today and every day, I'm honored to recognize their heroism."