Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged West Virginians to honor the memory of the military men and women who have perished while defending our State and Nation. In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Tomblin ordered U.S. and State flags at all state-owned facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn until noon, Monday, May 26, 2014.
"Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to honor our family members, friends, and fellow West Virginians who served in the nation's armed forces and made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedom," Gov. Tomblin said. "As we pay tribute to our military members and veterans, it is also important we share the stories of their patriotism and valor. Some will bring laughter, others will bring tears, and many more will leave us breathless."
"West Virginia's military members and veterans have made significant contributions to our state's enduring legacy of service," Gov. Tomblin continued. "We are forever grateful for their service and sacrifice."
In keeping with the presidential proclamation, Gov. Tomblin asks all West Virginians to unite in prayer for permanent peace on Monday at 11 a.m. and to observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of our military men and women.